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Methodological challenges for measuring the achievements of international policies - 14-17th May 2012

Diet and physical activity are lifestyle and behavioral factors that play an important role in health and the etiology, prevention, and treatment of many nutrition related health problems. With the increased global attention surrounding nutrition and physical activity, there is an urgent need to provide evidence that can inform policy decisions. This evidence is relevant to developed and developing countries alike.

Diet and physical activity assessment are critical when:  

  • Monitoring changing food consumption patterns
  • Monitoring physical activity patterns
  • Enhancing understanding of diet / health relationships
  • Monitoring the impact of policy on health objectives
  • Assessing household food insecurity and hunger
  • Measuring energy balance
  • Characterising “sustainable diets”

FAO was pleased to host ICDAM8, which addressed topics that were highly relevant to the Organization’s mandate: to collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information relating to nutrition and to promote scientific, technological, social, and economic research relating to nutrition and food.

The International Committee and the FAO Secretariat worked together to organize the programme and are pleased to present information about the conference on this website. 

During the ICDAM8 conference some of the most prominent researchers in the fields of assessment of diet and physical activity gathered to exchange knowledge and to present new research to improve the measurement of the two critical dimensions of health.

Delegates from more than 50 countries attended the conference. There were 24 separate sessions with 100 oral presentations and 350 posters presentations. Five hundred and seventy two abstracts were accepted. ICDAM8 provided a rich source of ideas, innovations and information that will contribute to the quality of evidence and ultimately improve health worldwide.