Our policy framework to promote healthy diets and reduce obesity
Our analysis of global scientific research shows that there is a link between the food we eat and our risk of cancer. So we are working with policymakers around the world to promote healthier eating, and prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer. Action is needed to help achieve the World Health Organization’s global target of reducing premature deaths from NCDs, including cancer, by 25 per cent by 2025.
To encourage action we have created a policy framework – called NOURISHING. NOURISHING recognises that policy actions are needed within three domains: food environment, food system and behaviour change communication. The evidence shows that each domain is important in influencing how and what we eat.
The NOURISHING framework is accompanied by a frequently updated database, structured around the policy areas within NOURISHING, that provides an overview of implemented government policy actions taking place around the world.
Working in the continuously evolving field of nutrition-related policies, we have found that the NOURISHING database from WCRF is a reliable, accurate, well-structured and very user-friendly repository of implemented nutrition and health policies. A great help to our work – thank you for all the efforts you have put into it!
– Sandra Caldeira, PhD, Project Manager, Nutrition and Health, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Across the three domains, there are ten evidence-informed policy areas. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and implemented to fit their regional, national or local contexts and populations.
Tell us about policy actions implemented in your country by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org