I would like to thank many people for their assistance in this research. I am particularly grateful to Bruce Johnston for his close guidance and encouragement of my studies at the Food Research Institute. Rey Martore11 is to thank for much of my interest in using anthropometric data to evaluate nutritional status. Tom Fingar gave generously of his comprehensive knowledge of China and carefully read and commented on successive drafts of the work. I am also grateful to the director of the Food Research Institute, Wally Falcon, for his encouragement, . support, and guidance. Stanford's US-China Relations Program and the National Resource Fellowship Program are also to thank for their assistance in the financing of my years at Stanford University. I am also thankful for the friendship and support of the staff and fellow graduate students at Stanford University including Angie, Carmen, Minnie, Susan, Carl, Carol, Don, George, Helen, Hernan, Jo Ann, Lipumba, Mark Kanazawa, Mark Langworthy, Noreen, and Yoshi. I feel special gratitude to Janice for her comments on the work and her wonderful support and patience.
List of Tables and Figures – Acknowledgments --1 INTRODUCTION -- 2 AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND FOOD CONSUMPTION -- 3 PUBLIC HEALTH -- 4 NATIONAL TRENDS IN FOOD AND NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY -- 5 PROVINCIAL FOOD AND NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY -- 6 THE ANTHROPOMETRIC RECORD -- 7 THE DETERMINANTS OF ANTHROPOMETRIC STATUS -- 8 CONCLUSION -- Major Trends in Nutritional Status -- The Challenge of the 1980s -- ANNEX 1 -- ANNEX 2 -- ANNEX 3 -- ANNEX 4 -- LIST OF ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS – BIBLIOGRAPHY – INDEX.