According to the latest charts in the New York Times, countries in which people eat more quickly have faster growing economies than countries in which people linger over meals. The Gross National Product in such countries also suffered less severe declines last year. On the other hand, they exhibit higher rates of obesity. Coincidence? Maybe, but here’s another example of why food is such a powerful tool for examining major societal questions.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”