Fast-food value chains and childhood obesity: A global perspective


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© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. As childhood obesity and overweight statistics continue to rise throughout the globe, a broader analysis regarding the economic, political, and social contexts that shape children's food choices is needed. This chapter advances a multilevel approach to studying childhood obesity by outlining a fast-food global value chain, with an emphasis on the role of fast-food corporations and their connection to dietary dependence. Dietary dependence posits that a country's mode of integration into the global economy accelerates its population's dependence on imported products and processed food from transnational corporations. Global fast-food expansion in China, India, and Russia illustrates how fast food directly shapes food availability and food options in the global market, strengthening and expanding dietary dependence on imported, processed, and fast-food varieties. Fast-food corporations continue to accelerate their global presence to offset pressure in the United States to provide healthier food options, although curbing the trend toward fast-food consumption has proven notoriously difficult everywhere.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Christian, M; Gereffi, G

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Book Title

  • Contemporary Endocrinology

Start / End Page

  • 717 - 730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-68192-4_41

Citation Source

  • Scopus