Experts assess healthy nutrition for children
9 February, 2018
Healthy nutrition for children was the topic of an international conference at expert level within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, held on 6 February in Sofia. Lecturers and moderators - scientists and specialists in nutrition, children's health, prevention and control from leading universities and the World Health Organization, as well as experts from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health - discussed the impact of nutrition on health (from breastfeeding to epigenetics), the consequences of marketing food intended for children, the role of traditional food patterns in Europe.
“The future of a competitive Europe is unthinkable without a healthy and educated young generation. That is why Bulgaria offers a discussion on a matter that is relevant to the whole EU,” Jeni Nacheva, Bulgarian deputy minister of health, told the participants.
John Ryan, Director at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, outlined as key priorities the EU's common actions to reduce childhood obesity, the role of healthy eating in the prevention of chronic diseases and the implementation of best practices in providing nutrition to children.
Introducing a common European legislation and a common European body with integrated control for monitoring double food standards and usage of additives in them - to that appealed the Bulgarian ombudsman Maya Manolova. She stressed that these vicious practices are absolutely inadmissible, and the argument that they are consistent with national taste and preferences is unfounded. “How do you judge the national taste of a six-month-old baby?”, the Ombudsman asked.