The Lancet paper calls for the regulation of food markets to be “radically re-examined” in order to get them functioning more efficiently.
“For food systems to deliver healthy, safe, affordable, and sustainable diets for all, we must address the underlying drivers that incentivise endless market and consumption growth over human and planetary health,” it says.
“Meaningful change will require action across food systems – from production and processing, through trade and distribution, pricing, marketing, and labelling, to consumption and waste – driven from the bottom up by communities, cities, regions, and nations”.
Katie Dain, chief executive of the Non Communicable Disease Alliance (NCD Alliance), welcomed the report.
“This report reiterates that malnutrition has many faces, and diet-related NCDs like cancers, diabetes, heart disease and obesity are now two sides of the same coin,” she said.
“The globalisation of processed junk food has brought us all to this precipice, and getting off it will require swift, coordinated and creative action from a range of decision makers across society who recognise the value in ensuring healthy diets for all in all countries”.