Our publications

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

Promoting Physical Activity Policy: The Development of the MOVING Framework

Our paper on the MOVING policy framework, which was developed as part of the EU-funded CO-CREATE project, was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The paper describes how the framework was created and explains more about its structure.

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Building Momentum coversBuilding Momentum

A series of reports to help policymakers overcome common barriers to implement evidence-informed nutrition policy. The 1st report is on sugar sweetened beverage taxes, the 2nd is on front-of-pack labels, the 3rd is on restricting the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children, and the 4th is on establishing robust policies to promote physical activity in primary healthcare.

Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseasesDriving action to prevent cancer and other NCDs

In May 2018, we revealed a policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity and breastfeeding, and reducing alcohol consumption.


Recommendations and public health and policy implications report coverPolicy implications of our Diet and Cancer Report

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.

Schoolchild holding a tray of foodAmbitious, SMART commitments

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).

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Curbing global sugar consumptionCurbing global sugar consumption

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.

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Jigsaw pieces with various phrases written on themFood policy highlights from around the world

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.

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> Download Food policy highlights from around the world in English (PDF 470KB)

> Download Food policy highlights from around the world in Portuguese (PDF 310KB)

> Download Food policy highlights from around the world in Spanish (PDF 323KB)

WCRF report on nutritionLink between food, nutrition, diet and NCDs

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.

NOURISHING policy areasNOURISHING Framework in Obesity Reviews

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.


Law and obesity preventionLaw and Obesity Prevention

This paper (PDF) addresses key questions about the role of the law in the context of food policy and obesity prevention.


Policy and Action for Cancer 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.