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
This will be the closing keynote to the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, UC Berkeley, the Atkins Center for Weight and Health, the California Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente, and the California Endowment.
It’s at about 11:30 a.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center.