Barry M. Popkin

Dept of Nutrition, Gilling’s Global School of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. USA.


Barry M. Popkin, PhD, is the W. R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).
He has a PhD in economics and established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC and later established and ran the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in our environment and the way they affect dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases. His research program focuses globally (both the US and low and middle income countries on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition (see He has played a central role in placing the concerns of global obesity, its determinants, and consequences on the global stage and is now actively involved in work on the program and policy design and evaluation side at the national level, including collaborative SSB/junk food tax evaluation research in Mexico(with the National Institute of Public Health) in evaluating the impact of the Mexican SSB and nonessential food taxes and similar work with the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile in evaluating an SSB tax and marketing/FOP controls. He is working with 8 other countries currently in developing tax and regulatory policies to create healthier diets and prevent obesity and other nutrition-related NCD’s He has received a dozen major awards for his global contributions, including: 2016 World Obesity Society: Population Science & Public Health Award –for top global researcher in public health with also significant service contributions.; 2015 ; UK Rank Science Prize; U and The Obesity Society Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published over 520 refereed journal articles, is one of the most cited nutrition scholars in the world(0ver 60,000 citations).