Adoption of front-of-pack nutrition warnings can help decrease obesity, cardiovascular disease and some cancers in the Americas

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By adopting best-practice front-line nutrition labeling in more countries of the Americas, we will help prevent malnutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. can be reduced. area, Recent research led by researchers in University of Nevada, Reno and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Suggest.

Research published today Lancet Regional Health Americas, We investigated the evolution of these policies within the PAHO/World Health Organization Region of the Americas (AMRO).

Improvements to front-of-pack nutrition labeling (FOPNL) include larger warning labels, contrasting backgrounds for greater prominence, use of “excess” instead of “high” for better understanding, and nutrient thresholds. Includes adoption of PAHO’s nutrient profile model for better definition. The FOPNL system helps people understand the nutritional content of products, reduces consumption of ultra-processed and processed foods high in fat, sugar, and/or salt, and ultimately helps consumers eat healthier food. It is intended to help you make choices.

“Advancement of front-of-pack nutrition warning labels in the Americas has been shown to improve the nutritional quality of purchases in the region and is associated with improved dietary quality. It reduces the risk of NCDs,” said Eric Crosbie, Ph.D., co-author of the study and associate professor in the United States. College of Public HealthSaid.

In the Americas region, all 35 PAHO member countries have discussed FOPNL, 30 have formally introduced FOPNL, 11 have adopted FOPNL, and 7 countries (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico , Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) conducted FOPNL.

Fabio Da Silva Gomes, Ph.D., co-author of the study and nutrition and physical activity advisor at PAHO, said: “Accumulated lessons and evidence show that countries can reach regulatory excellence by adopting the Octagonal Warning Label along with PAHO’s Nutrient Profile Model to protect and promote healthy diets and public health. I was driven like this.”

The study found that improved FOPNL has gradually expanded its presence in the region, gaining momentum over the past few years and evolving in line with evidence and PAHO best practice policies. Researchers are still debating implementation of FOPNL, and governments awaiting implementation should follow such practices to improve the dissemination and impact of policies to help reduce undernourishment-related NCDs in the Americas. is recommended.

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