Public Health (DPH): Two Professors Visit China

Like many other parts of the world, China is experiencing rising rates of obesity and therefore of Type 2 diabetes. In 2002, according to a national study, 22.8 percent of Chinese adults were overweight and 7.1 percent were obese, an increase of 41 percent in overweight and 97 percent in obesity since 1992. Diabetes is now a major and growing cause of health problems and health care costs. One recent study concluded, “China is undergoing a remarkable, but undesirable, rapid transition …characterized by high rates of diet-related non-communicable diseases.”

To compare the obesity and diabetes epidemics in the United States and China and to explore what these two countries can learn from each other, two members of the doctoral faculty, Nicholas Freudenberg  (Dist. Prof., Hunter, Psychology, Public Health), who serves as executive officer of the DPH program, and May May Leung (Asst. Prof., Hunter, Public Health), an expert in nutrition, traveled to Shanghai and Beijing in April. “As globalization transforms health around the world,” said Freudenberg, “public health researchers have an opportunity to find new ways to conduct cross-national studies that can improve health in many settings." Freudenberg is founder and codirector of the Municipal Responses to Child Obesity Collaborative, an international network that has compared efforts to reduce child obesity in New York, London, Lisbon, and Cape Town. To read more visit:

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2012

Category: Public Health (DPH)