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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Current global efforts to tackle unhealthy diets and regulate harmful products, including alcohol, are not yielding adequate dividends on account of countries' failure to infuse a human rights approach – to align relevant domestic frameworks with the tenor of the obligations they assumed under international law.
Faculties of Law & Health Sciences, University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus), Enugu, Nigeria