Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance


Predicting Sedentarism and Its Impact on Caloric Requirements

Jacob Michels, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John C. Beghin, Yeutter Institute and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Copyright 2024, Yeutter Institute. Used by permission.


A recent study conducted by PhD candidate Jacob Michels and Agricultural economist John Beghin delves into the question of whether global estimates of food insecure populations need a reevaluation of their methodology to account for increasing sedentarism. This reevaluation is prompted by the increasing prevalence of sedentary lifestyles worldwide, which calls for a redefinition of caloric thresholds indicating the onset of food insecurity. In this short article, we provide a nontechnical summary of their investigation recently published in Michels and Beghin (2024).