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Across Asia, obesity, malnutrition and chronic diseases are some of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. To facilitate a multi-stakeholder platform to initiate a dialogue on an integrated approach to solving these challenges, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition, or ARoFIIN, was inaugurated on 30 January 2015 in Singapore.

With an initial focus on Southeast Asia, senior delegates from government, academia, industry and the rest of society exchange views on the current landscape as it relates to the social, economic and health opportunities for food and nutrition-based R&D, as well as consumer behavioural changes in the food and nutrition arena.

Highlights

Obesity Costs Southeast Asia over US$10billion

Incidence of obesity and overweight is increasing rapidly in Southeast Asia. Today, with between 20 to 35 per cent of adults overweight, obesity is reducing productive (working) life by an average of four to nine years, while the total (direct and indirect) costs of obesity can amount to as much as US$10billion in Southeast Asia, according to a report released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Prevalence, Impact, and Guidance on Interventions

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has launched “Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Prevalence, impact, and guidance on interventions.” This report, commissioned by the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN), analyses obesity in ASEAN through consumer and healthcare practitioner surveys, an intervention effectiveness analysis and an assessment of the economic impact of obesity.

Innovation and partnership to address health and nutrition challenges in Asia

The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) had its third annual roundtable on 27 April in Singapore. Kicked off with an introduction by Bruno Kistner, ARoFIIN Secretary, the event featured presentations by representatives from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB), Taylor’s University and BioAnalyt GmbH.

What's New

Partnership at the Heart of Addressing Nutrition and Health Challenges in Asia

With at least 2.8 billion people worldwide affected by the dual burden of obesity and undernutrition, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) is determined to come up with a home-grown solution to tackle the problem across Asia.

South-East Asia is Getting Fatter, Faster

An inception report on “The Current Landscape and State of Health in Relation to Obesity in South-East Asia”, by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has found that the obesity rate in the ASEAN Six is increasing faster than that of countries like the USA, UK and Japan.

Driving Better Nutrition in Asia Through Public-Private Partnership

With the double burden of obesity and undernutrition emerging as a threat to health and healthcare systems in the Asian region, a unique public-private partnership is looking at ways to initiate and sustain stakeholder dialogue on food innovation and improved nutrition to deal with these issues.

Programmes

Taskforce One: Knowledge Platform

Taskforce One: Knowledge Platform

  • To establish a clear governance structure for ARoFIIN
  • To build an evidence-based knowledge hub and facilitate the nutrition dialogue

Taskforce Two: Consumer

Taskforce Two: Consumer

  • Enhance nutrition literacy, nutrition communications and understand consumer behaviour
  • Fill knowledge gaps on Asian diets and consumer preferences

Taskforce Three: Regulation

Taskforce Three: Regulation

  • Identify barriers and enablers for innovation and solutions for public health policies
  • Cultivate a conducive ecosystem that stimulates R&D in food and nutrition

Taskforce Four: Double Burden

Taskforce Four: Double Burden

  • Optimise nutrient accessibility, food innovation and reformulation to tackle malnutrition
  • Explore and identify sustainable funding mechanisms for nutrition and health interventions in Asia