Supporting Healthier Food Policies in Southeast Asia
Nearly one-quarter of the world's non-communicable disease deaths take place in Southeast Asia. This project will seek to address the problem through research on how policies can shape healthy food environments. Death and disease in Southeast Asia The problem of non-communicable disease deaths in the region is particularly striking in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. More than 70% of all deaths in these countries are attributed to non-communicable diseases. Unhealthy lifestyles and diets play a leading role in this epidemic. The governments of Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam have committed to preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases through national strategic plans and policies related to marketing and accessing unhealthy food products. Policies to shape healthy food environments This project will measure the progress and impact of these policies in supporting healthy food environments. A multi-country research team will study this issue in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. They will work with the International Network for Food and Obesity / Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS), a global network of food policy researchers. INFORMAS has developed research modules to investigate food environments, including aspects such as food composition, labelling, diets, and policies. Researchers will adapt two research modules on public and private sector policies to understand how policies can influence change. They will review public and private sector policies, conduct stakeholder interviews, and examine case studies to identify barriers and change facilitators. They will engage public officials, non-governmental organizations, industry actors, and academics from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam in the process.