An international symposium is being staged by the International Obesity Taskforce in London next month to debate ongoing efforts to reach a sophisticated and global definition of the amount and type of food required by consumers.

These human energy expenditure guidelines have been developed over the past two years by the UN’s World Health Organisation and Food & Agriculture Organisation. Conference notes said specialists from both institutions would focus on concerns that “industrialised countries have been systematically overfeeding young children for the last 20 years”.

Other issues include framing guidelines stressing food quality rather than quantity.

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