Gathering data on food environments and food practices

Our research on food environments in Copenhagen is out! Unhealthy diets are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Simultaneously, the factors that influence diet-related ill-health also drive climate change. Acknowledging the link between health and environmental sustainability, in 2019 the EAT-Lancet Commission outlined a diet beneficial for both humans and the planet. There … Continue reading Gathering data on food environments and food practices

WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022: Obesogenic digital food environments

This important report on obesity in the WHO European Region is published by the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. I am proud to have lead the development of the chapter on obesogenic digital food environments together with my fantastic co-authors. Obesity is one of the key risk factors for many … Continue reading WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022: Obesogenic digital food environments

Slide to order: a food systems approach to meal delivery apps

Fresh off the press! Our newest WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases report is out! Meal delivery apps (‎MDAs)‎ are a rapidly growing part of the digital food environment in the WHO European Region. The implications of this multibillion Euro sector on health, nutrition, environment and society at large are … Continue reading Slide to order: a food systems approach to meal delivery apps

The future of the HoReCa sector: economic, social and environmental sustainability

According to an EIT Food Foresight Study on the impact of COVID-19 in the agrifood sector, the HoReCa segment proved to be one of the most negatively impacted by the pandemic. Hotels, restaurants and catering businesses faced multiple challenges due to lockdowns and travel bans. What is the future of the hospitality segment in these … Continue reading The future of the HoReCa sector: economic, social and environmental sustainability

Safe and healthy food in traditional food markets in the WHO European Region

I contributed to this technical report that contains guidance on the promotion of safe and healthy food in traditional markets within the WHO European Region, targeting all stakeholders from policy-makers to market workers. The report outlines the main guiding principles of a safe and healthy traditional food market and proposes a stepwise approach to the … Continue reading Safe and healthy food in traditional food markets in the WHO European Region

Changing Nordic food and lifestyles: eight entry points

Transforming food systems is a shortcut to sustainable lifestyles. This was the message from more than 115 people who participated in the “Towards sustainable Nordic food systems” project. To achieve transformative change, the Nordic region can build on the shared history of collaboration. Despite the bumps on the road to 2030, four new insight papers … Continue reading Changing Nordic food and lifestyles: eight entry points

New paper: Disrupted food systems in the WHO European region

A threat or opportunity for healthy and sustainable food and nutrition? Dietary health and sustainability are inextricably linked. Food systems that are not sustainable often fail to provide the amount or types of food needed to ensure population health. The ongoing pandemic threatens to exacerbate malnutrition, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). In our recent paper, we … Continue reading New paper: Disrupted food systems in the WHO European region

South London’s Changing Landscape – #2

When you want to find out about teenagers’ lifestyles and daily habits, observe them. And when you want to find out about their food choices, ask them. This was our motto in our latest foodscape research in London, and our findings surprisingly had very little to do with food. Our project in South London – … Continue reading South London’s Changing Landscape – #2

See you at CFS46!

From 14-18 October, I will be attending the 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS46) in Rome. For me, the highlight of CFS46 is our side-event on obesogenic environments. The event is co-organized between Gehl, UNICEF, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and World Obesity Federation. Food systems are threatening human and planetary … Continue reading See you at CFS46!

South London’s Changing Foodscape – #1

It’s been five hours since lunch, you’re running for the train and your stomach is rumbling! You must eat but the only thing in sight is fast food. It’s not ideal and certainly not healthy, but it does the trick until you get home for dinner. This is a familiar scenario for many of us … Continue reading South London’s Changing Foodscape – #1