I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 1970s. At that time there was no real concern in my family about food quality and dietetic habits. My first encounter with public health nutrition was during high school, when I read some books by George Orwell, in which poverty was a very important issue. Later I started to read about hunger and got really committed to public health nutrition.
I have done several projects with undernourished children, some of them with interventions. Nowadays I mostly work with pregnancy, mainly studying the relationship of poor pregnancies in terms of nutrition and the increased risk of unfavourable outcomes. I have organised a textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology, whose target readership is public health nutrition practitioners. I am engaged in research projects in maternal and child nutrition. I am also very interested in the relationship between mental health and nutrition.