PRE-CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016 (13:30 - 17:00)
Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
Pricing of food: can we use this to promote healthy nutrition?
EUPHA section on Food and nutrition
Chairpersons: Natalie Rangelov and Enni Mertanen, both Vice-Presidents of the EUPHA Section on Food and Nutrition
13:30 Welcome and introduction
13:50 The impact of food tax in different socioeconomic status
Éva Martos, President of the Hungarian Society of Sports Medicine, Hungary
14:10 Regulation of food pricing to promote healthier nutrition
Anthia Zammit, AZ Legal, Malta, United States
14:30 Effects of food taxation on obesity and other health outcomes – results of three Cochrane reviews
Stefan Lhachimi, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, Germany
14:50 Coffee/tea break
15:20 Public health initiatives to modify the nutritional quality of foods and food intake in France
Chantal Julia, Université Paris, France
15:40 Sustainable foods and better health: a topic for food price strategies?
Elisabeth Temme, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands
16:00 General discussion, taking account of all presentations and topics raised throughout the day
17:00 Closing of the pre-conference
Consumers’ choice of food consumption and nutrition behaviour are influenced by multiple factors, including food availability, and food price. In order to promote and encourage healthy food consumption, some countries have legislated to enable them to influence the price of certain foods, e.g. through the introduction of taxes and subsidies aiming to improve populations’ eating behaviours.
This pre-conference therefore aims to reflect upon these issues by focusing on regulation and food pricing for public health purposes, including both subsidies and taxes.
The primary objectives are to:
- Examine and share experiences about the effects of food pricing on health and health equality in Europe;
- Discuss the food pricing strategies to promote healthy nutrition; and
- Discuss and explore future strategies for regulation and policies to influence food pricing.
The presentations will explore the effects of food pricing on healthy nutrition and obesity prevalence rates, and on health equalities and inequalities.
The registration fee is € 70 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.