This week, Doctors for Nutrition from Australia took the opportunity of hosting an Independent UN Food Summit dialogue, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the diet and food system in Australia and how the National Dietary Guidelines (NDGs), which are currently under review, are an important lever for change. I was honoured to give one of the keynote speeches but only had 6 minutes to highlight some important messages! Below I summarise my key points and refer to some important papers and reports on the topic of diet, health and sustainability.
Cancer prevention recommendations are done in my view. I doubt the advice will change in the coming 5–10 years. I believe the evidence supporting these recommendations will only be strengthened by a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved. The recommendations are summarised in an excellent guideline from the American Cancer Society and highlights are shown in the table below. In the US, the combination of excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity account for the highest proportion of all cancer cases in women and is second only to tobacco smoking in men. These 4 combined risk…
This week I cover the health of modern day vegan children, low carbohydrate diets and type 2 diabetes, the impact of gluten consumption on brain health and an urgent call to action from Greta Thunberg.
Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Founder and Director of Plant-based health professionals UK.