Globalisation has resulted in powerful multinational corporations imposing their products as we are urged to consume industrially grown, processed and packaged foods. This brings about nutritional transitions, the most common being a shift from a locally-grown diet with minimally refined foods, to the modern diet of highly processed foods, high in saturated fat, animal products and sugar, and low in fibre. Maya health and culture has deteriorated as a result with highly processed foods affecting physical growth and health of Maya children and their families.
Professor Barry Bogin is a physical anthropologist who trained at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
During his time there, Professor Bogin researched physical growth in Guatemalan Maya children, and is a theorist upon the evolutionary origins of human childhood.
He is currently a Professor of Biological Anthropology at Loughborough University.
Professor Bogin has published a number of journals and papers on his research, most notably his paper entitled, "Patterns of Human Growth, Second Edition" (Cambridge University Press).
Dr Ines Varela-Silva is a human biologist in the Centre for Global Health and Human Development at Loughborough University. She has a keen interest in global health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan.
Her current areas of research focus on patterns of human growth and development as indicators of health and disease; the paradox of nutritional dual-burden (coexistence of under-and overweight) among populations in developing countries and among migrants in developed countries; aspects of energy balance, physical (in)activity and intergenerational components of health and disease; and on objective assessment of energy expenditure using ambulatory-technological devices.
Inês believes that science and art should mingle more. She is a patron of The Old Vic Theatre and a gold member of the Theatre Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.