Monday, January 02, 2006

Obesity policy around the world

Here is an interesting session on obesity policy around the world in Boston this coming Friday, Jan. 6, at the main annual meetings for researchers in economics and related disciplines (see Allied Social Sciences Association).
The Diet Transition and Obesity in Developing and Developed Countries: Determinants and Policy Options

Presiding: CORINNA HAWKES, International Food Policy Research Institute

XIAOBO ZHANG, International Food Policy Research Institute--Assessing the Link between Early Exposure to Famine and the Development of Adult Obesity in China

ABAY ASFAW, International Food Policy Research Institute--The Role of Food Price Policy in Determining the Incidence of Obesity --Evidence from Egypt

STEPHEN A. VOSTI, University of California-Davis--Effects of National Agricultural Research and Farm Subsidy Policies on Human Nutrition and Obesity in the United States
The session is organized by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and sponsored by the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). I will be the discussant for these papers on Friday.

[Note 1/4/2006: Slight correction to the list of speakers.]


Barbara Fisher said...

Interesting personal note about the Chinese paper--as an ex-anorexic, my experience (and other's experiences) has shown that willful or unwillful starvation in youth seems to predispose the body to holding onto excess fat in later years.

It is as if the body has a survival mechanism that, once it has survived a famine, whether actual or one produced by excessive fasting or dieting, it will put on fat when it can and adjust the metabolism to hold it on under duress.

This is one of the reasons I am very careful never to truly fast or do a crash diet or extreme diet of any kind. I have already, in my younger days, messed up my body's ability to regulate weight healthily, so I try very hard to to cause it any more stress.

Which is why I now am an advocate of avoiding as much processed sugar as possible, eating a moderate diet that includes some of everything, and moderate exercise more than just once or twice a week.

Happy New Year to you and yours, Parke.

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