Addressing the global burden of obesity and undernutrition through integrated systems thinking and policy coherence

27 September 2017 17:30 - 27 September 2017 00:00
C309 Tait Building, City, University of London

For the September 2017 Food Thinkers is inviting two visitors from Australia and New Zealand who are doing a lot of thinking right now about integrated approaches to improving nutrition globally. Professor Boyd Swinburn has been one of the world’s leading scholars of obesity prevention for decades and Dr Anne Marie Thow is producing some of the most innovative work on food policy for nutrition today. In their talks, they will explore frameworks that can facilitate a more integrated approach to addressing the problem of the co-existence of obesity and undernutrition across the globe.

At the global level, the concept of ‘malnutrition in all its forms’ is gaining currency as a way to integrate efforts around obesity and undernutrition. However, this has not yet been translated into understanding what this means operationally at the global, national or community levels.

Professor Swinburn will explore the potential of systems concepts, methods and tools, used in other disciplines for decades, to better understand the problems and better devise actions. He will present some examples of systems approaches to show the potential that systems science has to offer in addressing food and nutrition problems.

Dr Thow will specifically look at food systems. She will explore how incoherent policy incentives exist throughout the food system undermine efforts to improve both obesity and undernutrition. She will show that reorienting food system policies to support nutrition policy goals will require: 1) identification of what needs to change – specific instances of policy incoherence between nutrition goals and food system policy incentives; and 2) understanding of the politico-economics and powerful policy agendas behind the food system that provide insights into how such policy change might be achieved.
Questions and discussion will then be opened to the audience.

The seminar is free to attend, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please do register here to secure your space.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
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