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Seminar on Nutrition Transition and Its Linked with Epidemiology and Sociology

Seminar on Nutrition Transition and Its Linked

with Epidemiology and Sociology

As part of our mission for information dissemination, on March 22nd 2018 SEAMEO RECFON conducted a half-day seminar on nutrition transition and its linked with epidemiology and sociology in collaboration with Department of Community Medicine Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia. The event was held at IMERI-FKUI building and facilitated by Dr. Judhiastuty Februhartanty. Three outstanding speakers for the event were Prof. Adam Drewnowski from Washington University, Prof. Jean Pierre Poulain from Taylor’s Toulouse University Centre and Indah Suci Widyahening, MD, PhD from Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia.

The visit of both Professors to Indonesia was in conjunction with a collaborative research called SCRiPT (Socio-Cultural Research in Protein Transition) which is in its final phase of data collection in Makassar. 

The interesting point to be studied continuously during this transition period is how people choose their food. In this period, people can easily choose unhealthy food. Prof. Drewnowski mentioned some requirements to increase the quality of people’s food intake: nutrient-rich, affordable, accessible, and appealing. Prof. Poulain pointed out the “convergence theory” which is causing the world to have similar trend and pattern in food intake, yet the context and cultural sense of the individual still play a role in shaping what he/she prefers. Dr. Indah completed the seminar by sharing the rise of non-communicable diseases in Indonesia particularly diabetes mellitus. Indonesia as well as other low-middle income countries in Asia are in disadvantageous situation because of rapid industrialization yet not ready for the transition.  Some take home messages addressed at the end of the seminar include the recommendation to encourage more cooking at home that is conducive to healthier eating habits, to stimulate more specific multisectoral policy discussion responsible for healthier food environment, and to apply segmentation of audience for more effective nutrition education and policy.

The seminar which was also broadcasted online was attended by 45 participants.  The offline recording session is currently available at our Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUIlAbmXTLc).