Food is a fundamental part of our everyday lives. Healthy eating and nutritious food play a significant role in determining the health of individuals and the broader population, as well as the growth and development of children. It is also important for supporting a robust workforce and a thriving economy.
Dietary risks have surpassed smoking as the leading factor for global disease burden. But better nutrition helps prevent the risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental disease and some cancers.
What we eat is determined by availability and access to healthier foods, skills and knowledge about food selection and preparation, and a supportive social environment.