Food For Change: Food and Health

How food choices can affect our health…

In 1997, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized obesity as a global epidemic. The number of obese people in the world has doubled since the 1980s. In 2014 over 1.9 billion adults were overweight, including over 600 million obese. In addition to obesity other diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, are increasing, together with food allergies and intolerances. On the other hand, according to WHO, around 45% of the deaths of children under five are linked to undernutrition, this is largely the case in poor countries. Yet, in these same countries, the number of overweight or obese children also grows, due to low-priced “junk food”. These worrying data make it clear that both obesity and malnutrition are now global emergencies and that daily diet, food quality and lifestyles play a decisive role for our health.

Did you know?

Did you know that it’s possible eat healthy and at the same time enjoy delicious food? Did you know that food plays a very important role in the maintenance of our health and even in recovery? How much weight do you give to nutrition labels when choosing a food? How much time do you spend on buying and preparing your food, how much do you know about the food you eat? How many products that have been highly industrially processed, rich in sugars and unhealthy fats enter your diet?

Slow Food is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and conscious consumer behaviors. For example, consumer mentalities aimed at favoring unrefined foods with a moderate caloric intake, products rich in fiber, preferring vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and reducing the consumption of animal proteins.

Our position on Food and Health can be summarized as follows:  increase the consumption of fresh food, locally sourced, preferably organic, biodynamic or with integrated pest control, not overly processed; limits to sugar consumption, refined flours, meat and preferring vegetables and legumes; give the right time to meals, and learn to read and understand labels.

Food and Health at home

Meret Bissegger nella sua cucina, Casa Merogusto.
©Hans-Peter

Food and Health at  Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

If you are interested in deepening your knowledge on Food and Health, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto offers:

  • Thematic Forums, where Slow Food delegates will share their knowledge and experience, as well as discuss issues such as food intolerances, the effect of pesticides on our health, and the importance of canteens in school and hospital facilities;
  • Taste Workshops and Cooking Schools, with presentations on herbs and spices, oils and fats, fermentations, ancient grains and cereals, and even sweets.
  • An Interactive Path, where thanks to the guidance of experts you will be able to discover and learn more about our food choices impact on our health.
  • There will be no shortage of school activities, available every day until 1pm.

Taste Workshops and Cooking Schools are paid and can be purchased online; the other events are free to attend. The full program will be available in June, check back to see all available appointments and events!

The Food and Health area, found in the halls of the Lingotto Fiere, is also a Slow Food point! Take the opportunity to get to know us, find more information about our campaigns and leave us your contact information if you would like to stay updated with all the movement’s projects!