Emerging dietary patterns: impact on child health
Clark, H., Royal, P., West, H., Kelly, T., Derbyshire, E., Albon, D., Howells, K., Smith, S., Devalia, U., Wilkinson, S., Harris, J., Holt, A., Bradshaw, B and Cripps, L. 2020. Emerging dietary patterns: impact on child health. All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood: London
|Authors||Clark, H., Royal, P., West, H., Kelly, T., Derbyshire, E., Albon, D., Howells, K., Smith, S., Devalia, U., Wilkinson, S., Harris, J., Holt, A., Bradshaw, B and Cripps, L.|
What we eat today and how we decide to produce sufficient food to meet both demand and nutritional requirements will determine the availability, diversity and quality of diets for future generations.
Without understanding the motivations and facilitators to change eating habits (and then designing and amplifying solutions which make those changes attractive and compelling in the modern world) positive changes to young people’s health and their environment through better food will not come quickly enough to halt potentially catastrophic consequences for people and planet.
Changing consumption is seen by experts as the most powerful lever compared to food waste reduction or more efficient food production methods and technological solutions. There is simply not enough on Earth to sustain the increase of intensification required to continue feeding a global population on its current trajectory with a diet so rich in animal produce.
The inevitable upheaval incurred by making any alteration to entrenched patterns of consumption that have been centuries in the making should not be underestimated, but carrying on as before is no longer credible nor desirable. The aim is to offer ‘nutritious’ food.
‘If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon’ Sir David Attenborough.
|Keywords||Child health; Diet; Dietary patterns|
|Place of publication||All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood: London|
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|Deposited||04 Jan 2021|
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