The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) was established in January 2015 to leverage public-private partnerships and bring together experts from across government, academia, industry and civil society, to initiate and sustain a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of food innovation in tackling obesity and chronic diseases.

ARoFIIN is convened by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Agency for Science, Research and Technology (A*STAR), the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and Food Industry Asia (FIA).
ARoFIIN News
Tackling Childhood Obesity Through A Whole-of-Society Approach

In an exclusive interview with Food Industry Asia (FIA) on the occasion of World Obesity Day, Dr Sania Nishtar, co-chair of the World Health Organization's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO), founder and president of Heartfile, and a candidate for the role of WHO Director-General, talks about how obesity is a multi-factorial issue that requires a whole-of-society solution.

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Video: Thailand Launches Healthier Choice Logo Labelling Scheme

Dr Tipvon Parinyasiri, Director, The Bureau of Food, Food and Drug Administration Thailand, and Professor Visith Chavasit from the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, share about Thailand’s recently launched front-of-pack logo labelling scheme, which helps consumers to identify healthier food options.

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Video: Obesity – Causes, Evolution and Solutions

Obesity is a complex problem, and a variety of tailored intervention strategies are needed to address it in its different forms, said Professor Michael J. Gibney of the Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin (UCD), during a presentation to ARoFIIN members and stakeholders in Singapore, where he shared his thoughts on the misperceptions of, and the solutions for, obesity.

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Dialogue Session with the Choices International Foundation

ARoFIIN members and partners met with Clémence Ross and Rutger Schilpzand from the Choices International Foundation for a dialogue session in Singapore on 27 October. During the meeting, participants discussed global trends in food labelling.
Taylor’s University Malaysia signs agreement with Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurè

In the presence of the Malaysian Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, a launch event was held at Taylor’s University with the objective to generate a pool of expertise, facilities and material resources to study the links between diet and health for and from the perspective of Euro-Asian populations.

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External News
Obesity epidemic still a major concern in Malaysia

“Diabesity”, a term combining obesity and type 2 diabetes, is likely to be the biggest epidemic in human history, says a renowned diabetes expert, Professor Paul Zimmet.

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Sustainable food systems vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets

Opening its 43rd plenary session in Rome on 17 October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) called for an urgent transformation of the world’s food system and nutrition to eradicate all forms of extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

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Can wearable technology help patients tackle obesity?

In light of technology increasingly offering solutions to many health problems, Tim Lobstein, Policy Director of the World Obesity Federation, presents the challenges and opportunities concerning the new generation of wearable sensors in helping patients manage their weight.

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Global Hunger Index: The state of hunger in Asia

Placed 29 in a ranking of 118 developing countries, China has the lowest level of hunger in Asia, according to the newly released Global Hunger Index, compiled by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with Germany's Welthungerhilfe. Many other Asian countries still stand out for their poor performance in reducing their overall hunger rates.

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In the fight against obesity, the real enemy is oversimplification

Food and science journalist Tamar Haspel discusses the issue of how our dietary enemy has changed over the years from fat to sugar, and why reductions in the consumption of both have done little to curb obesity rates.

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Obesity conversation needs to centre on food literacy

The discussion around obesity needs to move from one of blaming individual foods and drinks to one centred on food literacy and moderation, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich.

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Debunking seven myths that dominate the obesity debate

Professor Michael J. Gibney, Emeritus Professor of Food and Health at University College Dublin, and former president of the Nutrition Society, discusses seven key issues that have dominated the popular debate over the topic of obesity, which are often misunderstood or misrepresented.

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Singapore: Better health, one step at a time

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) in Singapore launched the second season of the National Steps Challenge at the beginning of this month, in order to motivate more Singaporeans to take more steps as a measure to lose weight and get healthier.

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Maternal undernutrition & child development: is adolescence a critical window for interventions?

Nutrition has been described as a neglected crisis, but there is growing discussion on its profound effects for societies, families, and children. In particular, child stunting is the most common form of undernutrition globally with serious consequences for child development, human capital, and national social and economic development.

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Upcoming Events
Food Science 2016

Date: 16 -17 November 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Biopolis, Biopolis Way, Singapore 138668

Food Science 2016 will focus on key disciplines within the food science and technology industry, with an emphasis on food safety and testing techniques. The two-day event will focus on a combination of fundamentals, best practices, regulation, method selection and technique solutions, complementing a series of application-based talks focusing on food science and technology topics.

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Food & Society International Conference 2016

Date: 18 - 20 November 2016
Venue: Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The conference will focus on food studies through the lens of social science. Researchers in food studies and representatives from across the food and beverage industry will gather to share about the latest trends in food and foodware design, debate the determining factors of consumer taste across societies, and discuss the latest research in food studies and related business applications.

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9th Global Conference on Health Promotion

Date: 21 - 24 November 2016
Venue: Shanghai International Conference Centre, Shanghai, China

The 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion (9GCHP) will provide an unprecedented opportunity to reassert the significance of health promotion in improving health and health equity. The event's four themes include health literacy as the foundational block in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) was established in January 2015 to leverage public-private partnerships and bring together experts from across government, academia, industry and civil society, to initiate and sustain a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of food innovation in tackling obesity and chronic diseases.

ARoFIIN is convened by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Agency for Science, Research and Technology (A*STAR), the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and Food Industry Asia (FIA).
ARoFIIN News
Global Nutrition Report: A call to action in Asia

Commenting on the recently published 2016 Global Nutrition Report, Professor Emorn Udomkesmalee, Co-chair of the report and Senior Advisor at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, says that public-private partnerships hold the key to tackling the obesity epidemic.

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Food industry encouraging healthy eating habits by increasing adoption of GDA nutrition labelling in Asia

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has released Fast Facts on Packs, the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) Nutrition Labelling Report 2016. The report reveals that significant progress has been made in driving availability and awareness of GDA nutrition labelling as an industry initiative, to tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by educating and supporting consumers in making healthy diet choices.


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How Guideline Daily Amount labelling can support healthy eating habits

In order to educate and support consumers in making healthier diet choices, governments and food companies need to work together to develop nutrition labels that are simple and easy to read and understand. Matt Kovac, Executive Director of Food Industry Asia (FIA), shares why Front-of-Pack (FOP) Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) labelling meets the criteria.

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Partnerships to tackle malnutrition in children across Asia

ARoFIIN members and partners met with Carolyn Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, on 30 August for their first dialogue session. During the meeting, the groupsexplored ways of collaboration and engagement, in order to improve nutrition across the Asia region.

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Tackling obesity and under-nutrition in Southeast Asia

At the most recent FIA Lunch Series, Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner, founder and Chief Executive Officer of ibn360, led a discussion to understand current consumer perception of processed foods, identify the contributing factors to the obesity epidemic in the region, and develop solutions to tackle the double burden of malnutrition.
An analysis of the multiple burdens of malnutrition: food systems and drivers

Bruno Kistner, of the ARoFIIN Secretariat, provides a summary of a recently published article in Sight and Life magazine, whichanalyses the issues related to food and nutrition security, and offers a number of contributions to the topic of food systems.

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External News
Southeast Asia health ministers meet in Colombo to address the issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

Health Ministers of the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region are meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 5 – 9 September to set health priorities for the Region, home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population.

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64% of global consumers now cut certain ingredients out of their diets

Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are just some of the fears that could be leading 64% of global consumers to adopt diets that limit or exclude the consumption of certain foods or ingredients. The data comes from Nielsen's Global Ingredient and Dining-Out Trends report, which surveyed more than 30,000 online consumers in 63 countries.

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Save the Children report: Philippine economy loses P328 billion a year due to malnutrition

Anew reportreleased by Save the Children reveals that the Philippine economy is losing at leastP328 billiona year due to the impact of childhood stunting on workforce productivity and education.

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The world is getting fatter - but it might not be because we're eating more calories

While the media, policymakers and economic and medical research literature have largely emphasised an increase in food consumption as the main cause of rising obesity rates, the full picture is more complex.

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UN: Poor nutrition kills more kids than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined

Major progress has been made in curbing the number of children going to bed hungry, but a deadly combination of discrimination and poverty means some groups are being left behind.

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Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year

A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.

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Upcoming Events
FIA Lunch Series: ObesityIs the global food industry really to blame?

Date:29 September 2016
Time:12:30 p.m. - 2p.m.
Venue:FIA office,1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #19-07/08, Singapore 228208

Professor Michael J. Gibney, Professor of Food & Health at University College Dublin and the author of a recent book on obesity, titled “Ever Seen A Fat Fox?: Human Obesity Explored”, will cover topics such as obesity as a new human phenomenon, the role the lack of physical activity and sedentary lifestyles play in driving obesity rates, and top-down regulatory approaches and activities to tackle obesity.

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The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) was established in January 2015 to leverage public-private partnerships and bring together experts from across government, academia, industry and civil society, to initiate and sustain a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of food innovation in tackling obesity and chronic diseases.

ARoFIIN is convened by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Agency for Science, Research and Technology (A*STAR), the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and Food Industry Asia (FIA).
ARoFIIN News
Report: Malnutrition now the “new normal” worldwide

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report was launched at an event organised by the Chinese Nutrition Society, an ARoFIIN participant, in Beijing, China, on 17 June. Acknowledging that all countries in Asia face the challenge of tackling multiple forms of malnutrition, speakers atthe launch event raised the profile of nutrition as a central economic and human development issue regionally, as well asglobally.


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Expanding awareness of ARoFIIN

At a health and nutrition-themed session in Beijing, China, delegates, and in particular food companies, expressed interest in the expansion of ARoFIIN into the country.

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ARoFIIN presented as sustainable public-private partnership at EAT Forum

Matt Kovac, Executive Director of Food Industry Asia (FIA), was part of a panel discussion on “The Money: Business Practices and Sustainability” on 13 June, as part of the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Partnership to tackle malnutrition

Save The Children in Singapore has expressed interest in identifying potential opportunities to work with ARoFIIN, to tackle the challenges of malnutrition and obesity through public-private partnerships.

Save The Children and ARoFIIN share interests in working in these areas:
  • Alleviating the burden of undernutrition among children in Asia
  • Promoting food security
  • Sustaining micronutrient fortification as a way to address malnutrition
Singapore’s war on diabetes: An opportunity for ARoFIIN to participate

Food Industry Asia (FIA) welcomes Singapore’s declaration of a “war on diabetes” and supports the government’s plans to set up a taskforce that will include the public and private sectors, in an effort to tackle the diabetes epidemic.

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"Beat Diabetes": The focus of World Health Day 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) observed World Health Day 2016 on 7 April with a targeted campaign to “Beat Diabetes”, in light of the disease’s significant impact on individuals, healthcare systems and economies worldwide.

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Announcements
FIA's new Policy Director to help drive ARoFIIN agenda

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has appointed Mr Bruno Kistner as its new Policy Director. In this role, Mr Kistner will be responsible for leading FIA’s Health & Nutrition agenda, including engagement with the public and private sectors to drive forward activities of the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN).

Mr Kistner is familiar with issues concerning food and nutrition, and has held commercial functions throughout his career of 37 years, including leading advocacy for nutrition improvement programmes. In his previous roles, he worked with UN organisations and the private sector in the areas of food fortification and public health. He was a founding member of the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM), and has worked in collaborations to deliver successful public-private partnerships with organisations such as the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), World Vision and the United Nations (UN).

External News
Local study confirms why breakfast is the key meal

Researchers from the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) in Singapore reported that breakfast is the key meal of the day, saying that it sets the tone for the rest of the day in terms of sugar in the blood.

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Helping kids eat right

Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) president and ARoFIIN participant Dr Tee E. Siong has suggested that in order to inculcate healthy eating habits in the young, Malaysia could consider assigning a nutritionist to be in charge of several schools, similar to the approach taken by primary schools in Japan.

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Opinion: Asia diabetes challenge and China’s health advice

Professor Ang Siah Hwee discusses how, despite the fact that food security and food safety challenges have led to the rise in global food prices in recent years, the Asian population has been consuming more, resulting in diabetes becoming more of a worrying health issue.

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Report: Poor nutrition now affects a third of the human race

A third of people worldwide are either undernourished or overweight, driving increasing rates of disease and piling pressure on health services, according to this year’s Global Nutrition Report.

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Diabetes: The rice you eat is worse than sugary drinks

In Singapore, where diabetes is threatening to get out of hand, the war is not just against sugary drinks but also against that ubiquitous staple food - white rice. Short-grain white rice has been found to be one of the major contributors to spikes in blood sugar.

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Upcoming Events
FIA Lunch Series: Driving Factors of Obesity in South East Asia

Date:25 August 2016
Time:Noon - 2p.m.
Venue:FIA office,1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #19-07/08, Singapore 228208

Are urbanisation and the easy access to processed and packaged foods at the heart of South East Asia's obesity crisis?

In this seminar, Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner, ibn360 founder and CEO, will lead the discussion in identifyingthe challenges and how they contribute to the multi-factorial problem of obesity.

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ARoFIIN News
2nd ARoFIIN Roundtable a Resounding Success

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.

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Watch the launch video here
Working To End Obesity ThroughPublic-Private Partnership

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, provides insight into the obesity problem in Asia and explains the critical need for a multi-stakeholder solution in working to end the epidemic.

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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.

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Better Nutrition in Asia: A Shared Responsibility

Professor Jeyakumar Henry, Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) in Singapore, discusses issues related to hunger and malnutrition in Asia, as well as the importance of public-private partnership in developing a solution to tackle these problems.

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Diabetes Rates Set to Double by 2030

The rising number of obese and overweight adults and young people in the South-East Asian region is likely to put more individuals at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to data gathered by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), for a report that seeks to highlight the economic impact of obesity.

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External News
United Nations report: Southeast Asia's children face "double burden" of obesity and under-nutrition

A joint report released by UNICEF, WHO and ASEAN hasshed new light on the nutrition situation of children across the region, and includes findings of the significant impact of child malnutrition on nations' economies and healthcare systems.

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Rising obesity rate among young set to worsen diabetes rate in Singapore

The rising obesity rate among children and young adults will push up the rate of diabetes in Singapore – already among the highest in the developed world – according to findings from recent studies.

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Fat’s heavy burden on the world economy

Jomo Kwame Sundaram discusses the human and economic burden of malnutrition. The burden on healthcare budgets is rising fast – unless current trends are reversed, half the world’s adult population will be overweight, if not obese, in about 15 years.

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The impact of climate change on hunger and malnutrition

A recent study published in The Lancet found that as many as 529,000 people may die as a result of changes in diet, weight and health due to the impact of climate change on food production. Tonya Rawe of CARE International discusses the urgent need, and ways, to tackle the problem.

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Study: Epigenetic inheritance of diet-induced obesity and diabetes

Diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited by the offspring via both oocytes and sperm, according to a German study.

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Mandatory food fortificationlikely to fight malnutritionin India

In a step toward universal food fortification to combat malnutrition, the government is planning to make the process mandatory for all staple food items like rice, wheat flour, edible oils and milk sold in the open market.

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There’s no silver bullet in the fight against obesity

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of J Sainsbury, opines that while it is crucial to help children live healthier lives, a tax on sugar alone will not solve the problem.

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Upcoming Events
12th ARoFIIN Steering Committee Meeting

Date: 31 March 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Venue: FIA Board Room, 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #19-07/08, Singapore 228208
Taskforce Teleconferences

Date: 18 & 19 April 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Specific time slots for each Taskforce will be confirmed soon.

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Food Vision Asia

Date: 27 - 29 April 2016
Venue: The Grand Hyatt Hotel, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

Programme themes include navigating complex and evolving regulation, focused innovation to create foods for the Asian phenotype, and building upon the food industry's role in tackling the double burden of undernutrition and the rising rate of obesity.

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