Use of nutritional labels in choosing food is associated with healthier eating habits including lower fat intake. Current public health efforts are focusing on the revamping of nutritional labels to make them easier to read and use for the consumer.
Undernutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases exist side by side in many countries. Whether food supplies are scarce or abundant, it is essential that people know how best to make use of their resources to ensure nutritional wellbeing. To be adequately nourished, individuals need to have access to sufficient and good quality food and they need an understanding of what constitutes a good diet for health, as well as the skills and motivation to make good food choices.
The Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Group gives technical assistance to FAO member countries to develop policies and programmes that foster public understanding of diets that promote health and raise levels of nutrition.
Nutrition education activities at country level aim to:
- Influence public policies and promote access to a variety of nutritious foods.
- Increase knowledge of the nutritional value of foods.
- Influence behaviours, attitudes and beliefs.
- Develop personal skills and motivation to adopt healthy eating practices.