Reformulating Foods for Health-Concepts, Trends and Considerations
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Obesity and diet-related chronic disease incidence is steadily rising and is now a global issue affecting all countries across the income spectrum. The rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) places significant socio-economic strains on countries, governments and communities, and the public health importance of reversing trends is a global priority that is also enshrined within the sustainable development goals. However, despite concerted efforts over the past 40 years, there has been little success in reversing trends, and current estimates show that if present trends continue, then the likelihood of meeting global targets of halting the rise could be as low as 1%. This highlights the importance of identifying innovative approaches for curtailing NCDs.
The authors are grateful to the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division of the Scottish government (RESAS) for supporting this work.
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