• Victoria Y.

Global Health | Dietary guidelines and the climate crisis

Food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) are government-endorsed documents providing recommendations and advice on healthy diets & lifestyles. Like all forms of policy, they have important implications for national food environments, global health and sustainability, which were evaluated in this recent study. A brief summary of its findings:

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While many FBDGs were moderately successful at meeting global health targets, an overwhelming majority fell short of environmental targets.


Questions to consider:

What can we learn from the FBDGs of Indonesia and Sierra Leone which met all 6 sustainability targets?

Should sustainability be a key consideration in formulating health and dietary recommendations (and by extension, in clinical practice)?

In what other ways can health policy contribute to sustainable goals?