Healthy Societies is an initiative that brings together policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders from a range of sectors and assembles the best available evidence to advocate for a world where everyone enjoys better health and well-being through more sustainable means – protecting both people and planet.
What, and who, influences what we eat? Far from being a free choice, we believe that our food habits are deeply influenced by the societies and everyday environments we exist within.
To answer this question, over 100 school children across seven countries have been filming these influences to help us better understand the everyday environments which, across much of the globe, are making it increasingly difficult for people to eat well and increasingly easy to eat badly.
Read more in the Guardian's coverage of our project: Coke, crisps, convenience: how ads created a global junk food generation.
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In October 2019, 180 global health leaders called on Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to initiate a process to develop guidance on human rights and healthy diets. The call outlines why a human rights-based approach to healthy diets is sorely needed to advance action on NCDs and health, and suggests key focus areas and a proposed process for developing international guidelines and strengthening the links between human rights and healthy diets.
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Transforming our food systems to be responsive to nutritional needs and climate change simply requires acknowledging the importance of a human rights approach. Promoting the right to food enables responsive solutions to address obesity, malnutrition and climate change, which represent some of the most significant global crises of our time.
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (2014-); Global Distinguished Fellow, Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy, University of California Los Angeles Law School, USA