We may have already seen the healthiest generations

28 February 2022
"It is hard to be healthy in an unhealthy world." - Maarten Jan Wensink - © Adobe Stock/

The joint existence of the Coca Cola Company, PepsiCo, Ben and Jerry's and friends is not compatible with public health. We know that, policy makers know that, and many of the people who routinely consume these companies' products know that. We also know that large shares of the population are increasingly engaged in unhealthy lifestyles, with e-scooters and the likes now being passed off as innovation. Yet we do nothing to interfere, as is our right. However, a similar scenario has played out with global warming, and indeed with global pollution, with devastating consequences.

Maarten Jan Wensink

Maarten Jan Wensink holds a PhD in Medicine and a PhD in Philosophy from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He worked as a PhD student and eventually Post Doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany before taking up a position as Assistant Professor at the Max Planck Odense Center at the University of Southern Denmark. Since February 2021, Maarten is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark at the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Biodemography. His current projects include the statistical and epidemiological analysis of paternal medication use in the months preceding conception and potential effects on offspring, as well as theoretical work on population dynamics and aging. He teaches courses on biostatistics and epidemiology. Maarten Jan Wensink is a Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellow 2021 at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research.


Wensink, M. J. We may have already seen the healthiest generations.

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