Global Health Histories: seminar on the cultural contexts of food and nutrition

Webcast on 25 August 2016, from 12:30 to 14:00 CET

Although most of us know what we should and shouldn’t eat, why do we still make poor food choices? Why does public health seem so powerless to stop the obesity epidemic? The WHO Regional Office for Europe, together with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York, is hosting a seminar on food and nutrition to investigate the evidence .

In the seminar, three international experts and United Nations staff members will discuss the complex interplay between food, nutrition, culture and society. They will explore how sourcing ingredients, cooking a meal and eating food are social and cultural practices through which we express care and love, kinship and friendship, well-being and resilience. Eating food is not simply about absorbing nutrients – it is a deeply cultural practice and must be understood as such.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 25 August 2016 from 12:30 to 14:00 CET (Copenhagen and Paris time) and will be streamed live from UN City, Copenhagen.

The speakers are:

  • Professor Claude Fischler, Senior Investigator of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research;
  • Dr João Breda, Programme Manager for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at WHO/Europe;
  • Mette Strandlod, External Relations Associate at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nordic Office.

Join in the discussion

The discussion will be tweeted live and a selection of questions will be put to the speakers. Send your questions using the webcast link below or tweet them to @who_europe, using the hashtag ‪#‎GHHistories‬‬‬‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬

If you are unable to join the live seminar, you can put questions to the experts via the Regional Office’s Facebook page.