Organizer: Will Masters, Professor and Chair, Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University
Moderator: Donna Barry, Policy and Advocacy Director, Nursing Advisor, Partners in Health
1. Dr. Rachel Nugent, Economist and Researcher, Department of Global Health, University of Washington View Powerpoint presentation here.
2. Dr. Chessa Lutter, Regional Advisor on Food and Nutrition, Pan American Health Organization
3. Dominic Schofield, Manager, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Program, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Summary: Our food environment creates many kinds of malnutrition, with insufficiencies alongside with excesses. At the simplest level, this “double burden” can be seen in the widespread prevalence of both underweight/stunting and obesity in the same population. Globally, up to 1 billion people are undernourished, about 1.5 billion are overweight of whom 0.5 billion are obese (FAO 2010, WHO 2011). Undernutrition and obesity often coexists within the same household and in a given person over their lifetime. Many deficiencies are most severe during pregnancy and early childhood, while shortfalls in iron and other micronutrients are highest among women of reproductive age. Excesses often accumulate over time causing a variety of metabolic diseases whose incidence varies widely with environmental conditions and food security levels. This symposium will address the global challenge of two-sided malnutrition, identifying how new discoveries and market trends influence nutrition and appropriate policy responses.
Bringing Agriculture to the TableLast Updated on 2011-11-22 00:00:00
Bringing Agriculture to the Table: How Agriculture and Food Can Play a Role in Preventing Chronic Disease
The agriculture and food system plays a signiﬁ cant role in the illness and early death that arise out of the imbalanced diets, empty calories, and overconsumption that are rampant in high- and middle-income countries and increasingly apparent in the nutrition and epidemiological transitions under way in developing countries. This report describes the links between agriculture and health and demonstrates that agriculture’s long-term success in surpassing the growth of demand with greater production—though not yet in Africa—is a necessary but not sufﬁ cient response for modern societies. Long-term human and environmental health should also be goals of agriculture. Food and agriculture must play a role in reversing recent trends that have the potential to... More »
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