Big food in Asia: the globalization of food systems, ultra-processed food consumption and policy responses for optimal nutrition in Asia

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Project leader(s)

This project characterises ultra-processed food consumption patterns in Asia, determines whether changing consumption patterns reflect underlying changes in food systems driven by trade liberalization and transnational food and beverage corporations, and investigates if differences between countries can be explained by policy and regulatory decisions that have shaped their respective food systems. It is intended that the findings offer developing Asian countries with key lessons concerning the food systems development in ways that promote healthy diets. This project is funded through Prof Friel’s ARC Future Fellowship.

Fizzy drink with lemons - Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay under Pixabay Licence

Ultra-processed food a huge risk to nutrition in Asia

23 February 2017

New research from Sharon Friel and Phil Baker


Dr Phil Baker

Hailing from New Zealand I initially trained in molecular biology and nutrition at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Masters of Health Science in 2006. After some time in the private...

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Professor Sharon Friel

Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet...

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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