webinarUltraprocessed 18OCT

On Friday, 18 October 2019, PAHO will present the results of the recently published report "Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Trends, Impact on Obesity, Policy Implications".

The presentation will take place in two different webinar sessions (one in English and the other in Spanish). Dr. Jean-Claude Moubarac, assistant professor of International Nutrition at the University of Montreal and author of the report; will present the results; and Fabio Da Silva Gomes, Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor at PAHO

Overview

The prevalence of diet-related diseases have been associated with the intakes of excessive sodium, free sugars, saturated and trans fats and other sweeteners. Many of these products are often added during the processing and ultra-processing of products. Ultra-processed products are industrial formulations made mostly from substances extracted or derived from foods. These products are energy dense, have very low nutritional quality and content, and contain little or no whole food. Ultra-processed products are manufactured and developed to contain characteristics (tastes, properties, etc.) of natural foods. These products could include packaged snack products, confectioneries, biscuits, preserves, margarines, carbonated and energy drinks and sugar-sweetened milk drinks.

"Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Sales, Sources, Nutrient Profiles and Policy Implications" presents findings from seven countries, such as per capita of sales, average content of sugars, fat and sodium, free sugar, carbs, fats, total energy derived sales of ultra-processed products. It demonstrates that the content of products high in critical nutrients and sales per capita of packaged and ultra-processed products has increased and is projected to continue increasing. The findings demonstrated the importance of implementing policies that strengthen food systems, fiscal policies and regulatory measures on marketing and availability of ultra-processed products.

In 2015, the previous report Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Trends, Impact on Obesity, Policy Implications, highlighted that the consumption and purchase of ultra-processed products is increasing, specifically in low- and middle-income countries, and remains high among high-income countries. It also demonstrated the strong association between the consumption of ultra-processed products and obesity and diet-related NCDs.

Time Correspondence

  • 7:00 am - Los Angeles
  • 8:00 am - San José, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 9:00 am - Bogotá, Lima, Mexico City, Quito
  • 10:00 am - Bridgetown, Kingston, La Paz, Sto. Domingo,
  • 11:00 am -  Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile

For other cities, you can estimate the time in the following link.

AGENDA

Note: Due to a last minute issue, Dr Jean-Claude Moubarac and Dr. Anselm Hennis couldn´t participate. Dr. Da Silva Gomes presented in their place.

  • 10:00 – 10:05 am. Welcome and Opening Remark. Anselm Hennis – Director, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (PAHO/WHO)
  • 10:05 – 10:20 am. Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Sales, Sources, Nutrient Profiles and Policy Implications: Results. Jean-Claude Moubarac – Assistant Professor of International Nutrition at the University of Montreal
  • 10:20 – 10:35 am. Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Sales, Sources, Nutrient Profiles and Policy Implications:  Policy Implications. Fabio Da Silva Gomes – Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor (PAHO/WHO)
  • 10:35 – 10:50 am. Discussion. Moderator: Fabio Da Silva Gomes – Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor (PAHO/WHO)
  • 10:50 – 11:00 am. Closing remarks