Obesity, diet expert to speak Nov. 28

Dr. Barry Popkin, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at UNC – Chapel Hill, will present “The world is fat: patterns, determinants, current controversies” from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the East Carolina Heart Institute Auditorium (ECHI 1415).


Popkin has been at the center of many diet, activity and obesity controversies and research. He will discuss many major dietary and activity/inactivity shifts, along with controversial topics such as the role of beverages in the diet, questions related to high fructose corn syrup and solutions other countries are using to address the obesity epidemic.

Popkin has published more than 370 refereed journal articles and is one of the most cited nutrition scholars worldwide. He is the author of a 2009 book titled “The World is Fat,” which has been translated into nine languages.

The event is sponsored by the departments of nutrition science and biochemistry and molecular biology in the Brody School of Medicine.

For additional information contact Dr. Will Forsythe at 252-328-6850.