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"You are how you eat" Food and Nutrition: Global Health Histories Seminar 98

Thursday 25 August 2016, 12.30PM

Speaker(s): Prof. Claude Fischler (Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research), Dr João Breda, (Programme Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, WHO Europe), Ms. Mette Strandlod (External Relations Associate, UNFPA Nordic Office).

Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar:

*‌Please note: this event is scheduled for 12:30pm CEST, which is 11:30am BST*

Researchers are forecasting that, in 10 year's time, every fifth person on the planet will be obese.

In general, many of us know what we should and shouldn’t eat. So why do we still make such poor food choices? And why does public health seem so powerless to stop the obesity epidemic? In this seminar, three international experts will discuss the complex interplay between food, nutrition, culture and society. They will explore how sourcing ingredients, cooking a meal and eating food are social and cultural practices through which we express care and love, kinship and friendship, well-being and resilience. Eating food is not simply about absorbing nutrients – it is a deeply cultural practice and must be understood as such. 

The internationally renowned social scientist Claude Fischler will introduce the seminar by discussing how the social sciences can contribute to better understanding the obesity epidemic, and how this can lead to potentially more effective policy interventions. Using specific case studies to serve as examples, João Breda and Mette Strandlod will then comment on how the work on food and nutrition at the WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNFPA tries to take social and cultural context into consideration.

Location: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, UN City, Copenhagen.