ALEX AWITI: Our health and the future of our planet depend on our food choices

The EAT- Lancet Commission report on Food, Planet, Health that was released on January 17 is cause for concern. A group of 37 leading scientists warns that our food systems now threaten our health and our planet.

Modern dietary choices will exacerbate the global burden of non-communicable diseases. According to the report, unhealthy diets present a greater risk to morbidity and mortality compared to the combined morbidity and mortality from unsafe sex and substance abuse. More than 820 million people subsist on low-quality diets, which contribute to diet-related obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.

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Alex O Awiti is Vice Provost and director of the East Africa Institute at Aga Khan University

In other news:

Canada’s long-anticipated revised food guide was released January 22, 2019, and it has some big changes from previous guidance on healthy eating. Instead of specific serving recommendations, the new guide presents a number of general guidelines to eat by.

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