As the 2016 recipient of UC Berkeley's Center for Global Public Health Reporting Fellowship, as well as a recipient of a Tinker Grant from UC Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies, my summer research project took me south of the hemisphere to Peru. With just a backpack and my cameras in tow, for 15 weeks I explored the country and documented the food environment. My photojournalism project in the coastal, urban city of Trujillo captured how dietary changes have created a public health crisis by contributing to the rise of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and Type II diabetes.
To learn more, read my project proposal or journal articles below.
Visit my photo gallery to see highlights.
Dining at Central is a journey through the diverse altitudes and ecosystems of Peru.
Though famous for the hundreds of potato varietals, many other starchy items such as corn, wheat, rice, and pasta, have become a fixated part of the Peruvian diet.
The symbiosis between local advocacy groups and local government can improve the built environment, and hopefully encourage physical activity to better the public’s health in Trujillo.
The beauty of ceviche is the simplicity of the ingredients. The fish is eaten raw but preserved in a robust bath of acidic lime juice, salt, ricotto (a type of Peruvian chili pepper) and garlic.
One morning when walking through Trujillo, I saw a woman and her two children sitting on the sidewalk next to a scale that read, “controle su peso” or “check your weight” for the price of 0.50 soles ($0.15).
Meet Esperanza. She is a 70-something year old abuelita (little grandmother) that opens up the kitchen in her home every Monday through Saturday from 12-1pm.
Creating realistic solutions for the coming generations is not only challenging, but also problematic because many current initiatives do not reach the most at-risk populations, such as indigenous populations. This interview with Sophie shares her views on program development and program sustainability specifically designed for indigenous communities in Huaraz, Peru.
I spent 3 days and nights sleeping in a hammock and cruising down the Amazon River to reach Iquitos, the largest city in the world not accessible by road.
In Trujillo you will likely not find the color green on your plate.
Even though Peru is considered an upper-middle income country, many regions, such as Huaraz, have large communities of indigenous populations that live well below the national poverty line. Consequently, many people are moving to urban cities such as Trujillo in search of better economic opportunities.
How have dietary changes in Trujillo, Peru have contributed to the rise of noncommunicable diseases in Trujillo?