Adherence to the Eatwell Guide and population and planetary health: A Rank Prize Forum report

Oliver Shannon, Rebecca Townsend, Fiona Malcomson, Jamie Matu, Alex Griffiths, Amy Jennings, Nicola Ward, Keren Papier, Nicola Best, Chloe French, Pauline Scheelbeek, Curie Kim, Bertha Ochieng, Fareeha Jay, Kaydee Shepherd, Bernard Corfe, Andrea Fairley, Claire McEvoy, Anne-Marie Minihane, Yi Jia SimEmma Stevenson, Sarah Gregory

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Abstract

This report summarises a Forum conducted in June 2023 to explore the current state of the knowledge around the Eatwell Guide, which is the UK government's healthy eating tool, in relation to population and planetary health. The 1.5-day Forum highlighted the limited, albeit promising evidence linking higher adherence to the Eatwell Guide with favourable health outcomes, including reduced overall mortality risk, lower abdominal obesity in post-menopausal women and improved cardiometabolic health markers. Similarly, evidence was presented to suggest that higher adherence to the Eatwell Guide is associated with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Presentations were given around cultural adaptations of the Eatwell Guide, including African Heritage and South Asian versions, which are designed to increase the acceptability and uptake of the Eatwell Guide in these communities in the United Kingdom. Presentations highlighted ongoing work relevant to the applications of the Eatwell Guide in randomised controlled trials and public health settings, including the development of a screening tool to quantify Eatwell Guide adherence. The Forum ended with a World Café-style event, in which the strengths and limitations of the Eatwell Guide were discussed, and directions for future research were identified. This Forum report serves as a primer on the current state of the knowledge on the Eatwell Guide and population and planetary health and will be of interest to researchers, healthcare professionals and public health officials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-119
Number of pages12
JournalNutrition Bulletin
Volume49
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • diet
  • environmental impact
  • guidelines
  • health
  • healthy eating

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