Co-hosted by Dr Petra Wilson, IDF CEO and Sir Michael Hirst, IDF President, with expert panellists from the WHO, the event focused on healthy eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes and a cornerstone of health and sustainable development. On the eve of World Health Day, which focuses this year on how to “beat diabetes”, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of patients with the condition has reached an all-time high of 422 million compared to 108 million in 1980. The International Diabetes Federation thanks the World Obesity Federation for its continuous support to WDD. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat of diabetes. IDF estimates that up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through lifestyle interventions. The report points out that the diabetes “epidemic” is fuelled by unhealthy lifestyles, and by rising obesity. Indeed, food should be central to human rights.
Today is also Walk to Work Day. The next campaign material to be released will be the WDD Guidebook in July and will contain key messages as well as ways to get involved. For example, smoking is a risk factor for diabetes and the report highlights that it can be reduced by a combination of legislative, regulatory, fiscal and educational measures. There was no mention of the health implications of their products – the sugars and starches, the oils and fats and trans fats, the salt and cosmetic additives – the cheap ingredients and expensive advertising which make up the business model for these companies and ensure the flow of dividends to shareholders. Please click to learn more about Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day campaign.