Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases

Report of the joint WHO/FAO expert consultation

WHO Technical Report Series, No. 916 (TRS 916)


This report examines the science base of the relationship between diet and physical activity patterns, and the major nutrition-related chronic diseases. Recommendations are made to help prevent death and disability from these diseases. These population nutrient intake and physical activity goals should contribute in the development of regional strategies and national guidelines to reduce the burden of nutrition related diseases: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, several forms of cancer, osteoporosis and dental disease.

The recommendations contained in this report are based on the examination and analysis of the best available evidence and the collective judgement of a group of international experts, brought together by WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report was formally launched in Rome on 23 April 2003, by WHO Director General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, and FAO Director General Jacques Diouf.

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Scientific background papers

The background papers prepared for the joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases (Geneva, 28 January - 1 February 2002) have been published in Public Health Nutrition, volume 7, number 1(A), February 2004.

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