Chinese Food Environment

This is your average mom-n-pop restaurant in Kunming, China. Wonder why I suddenly feel thirsty for a cold coke?

My PhD student, Jenna Hua and I were recently in Kunming, China working on her pilot study. Jenna is interested in the interplay between rapid urbanization in China, changing food environments, and how this affects diet and obesity risk in Chinese populations.

Using CalFit mobile phones for her pilot study, she tracked a cohort of university students. The phones tracked people’s time-location patterns: where they eat and get exercise — wonderful contextual information to better understand risk behaviors associated with obesity risk.

Want to know just how dramatic the food environment changes are in China?

Welcome to the new drive-thru McDonalds in a suburb of Kunming.

Want to contribute to this project?  Contact me.

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