Barry M Popkin, PhD


W R Kenan, Jr Distinguished Professor 
Department of Nutrition

Barry M Popkin’s Biosketch 
Barry M Popkin’s website 
Curriculum Vitae 
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile


406F Univ Square East 
Campus Box 8120 
chapel hill 27514 
T: 919-966-1732 
F: 919-966-9159


Cornell University
PhD, Agricultural Economics

University of Wisconsin
MS, Economics

University of Wisconsin
BS, Economics

Research activities

He developed the Nutrition Transition concept (the study of the dynamic shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases). His research program focuses globally on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition(see He is primarily funded by a large number of NIH R01’s, including long-term US research on the economic and physical environment with CARDIA as the major cohort studied and the UNC Food Research Program (evaluating the impact of global food company changes in product formulation as it impacts the diets of Americans) and internationally (large-scale longitudinal surveys in China and Russia and national surveys in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and India). He is involved in national and global policy formulation for many countries, particularly Mexico and China. He has published > 340 refereed journal articles, is one of the most cited nutrition scholars globally(8600 citations), and wrote this book entitled the WORLD IS FAT(January 2009, Avery-Penguin Publishers), translated into 9 languages.