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“China facing bigger dietary health crisis than the US”

In this interview journalist Tom Levitt discusses with Barry Popkin, coordinator of the China Health and Nutrition Survey, how Chinese diets have shifted in recent years and what this means in terms of public health and environmental impacts.

Barry Popkin says that increased consumption of meats, sugar and oils are creating a health and environment crisis that Chinese officials ignore.

Read the full interview here.

The latest major FCRN report, Appetite for Change, examines changes in China's food system, the emerging health, environmental and supply chain trends, and the challenges and opportunities they pose. You find it on the FCRN publications page here.

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