Read our latest publications on key issues relating to the wider implementation of effective policies to promote healthy diets, and reduce obesity and non-communicable diseases
A series of reports to help policymakers overcome common barriers to implement evidence-informed nutrition policy. The first report is on sugar sweetened beverage taxes, the second is on front-of-pack labels and the third is on restricting the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children.
In May 2018, we revealed a policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity and breastfeeding, and reducing alcohol consumption.
The Recommendations and public health and policy implications chapter (PDF 3MB) of Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective discusses the importance of taking policy action to influence the broader ‘upstream’ determinants of cancer that are beyond people’s personal control and presents a policy framework that outlines actions that can be taken to promote healthy diets, physical activity and breastfeeding, and reduce alcohol consumption.
This brief (PDF 4MB) illustrates how recommendations in the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Framework for Action can be translated into policy commitments which are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound). The ICN2 Framework for Action contains policy actions that governments pledged to implement as part of the ICN2 Rome Declaration to address malnutrition in all its forms (overweight and obesity, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies). An extended version of the brief with more example commitments, case studies and references is here (PDF 7MB).
Our policy brief (PDF 3MB) is designed to help governments reduce the amount of sugar consumed at a population level. It includes examples of effective, evidence-informed policies that governments can use to reduce the availability and affordability of sugar and sugary products, influence the acceptability of alternatives and raise awareness of the amount of sugar contained in products.
Read about robust food policy actions from around the world that governments can use to promote healthy eating. Poor diet remains one of the world’s leading causes of preventable non-communicable diseases. We call on all countries to do more.
World Cancer Research Fund International and the NCD Alliance have created a joint brief (PDF) outlining why non-communicable diseases (NCDs) should be considered in policies to address major nutritional challenges. We summarise the state-of-the-art science on the connection between nutrition and NCDs, and make recommendations for priority actions by governments, civil society organisations, researchers, donors, research funders, and international health, food and development agencies.
Read more in Obesity Reviews (PDF) about our food policy package to promote healthy diets and help prevent obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases.
This paper (PDF) addresses key questions about the role of the law in the context of food policy and obesity prevention.
Our 2009 policy report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, was developed to support the scientific research in our Second Expert Report and sets out recommendations for how policymakers can create supportive environments which will encourage people to adopt World Cancer Research Fund International’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations.
Based on the evidence, integrated, multi-sectoral action is needed globally to achieve healthier diets and sustained physical activity.