World Health Organisation (WHO) no longer supports controversial EAT diet

At the beginning of this year, the renowned medical journal ‘The Lancet’ presented the ideal diet for the planet and its growing population, the so-called EAT diet. The diet must ensure that by 2050 all ten billion people on earth can be fed in a healthy and sustainable manner. In the meantime, a whole EAT movement has developed. The initiative would be supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), but it is calling into question the support now that several scientists have questioned the diet.

The EAT diet means that the average person should learn completely different eating habits. Globally, the consumption of vegetables, nuts and legumes should be doubled and the consumption of meat and sugar halved. The differences between the regions are very different. North Americans currently eat on average 6.5 times the amount of meat recommended in the study, while people in South Asia eat half as much meat as recommended.

The driving forces behind EAT and ‘The Great Food Transformation’ – as they call it – are the Norwegian Maecenas Gunhild Stordalen and her husband Petter Stordalen. They managed to get a large number of scientific researchers of repute and often activist fame behind the EAT movement, according to They also knew how to involve friendly companies and investors, each with a financial interest in the results of the study, in their movement.

The Lancet

At the beginning of this year, they published the new diet via the respected trade journal The Lancet, which is also a member of the EAT movement. At the end of March, the EAT launch ‘Commission on Food, Planet, Health’ took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The initiative has the support of the Norwegian government and the World Health Organisation had also initially expressed its support.

Italian goverment

However, under pressure from the Italian government, the WHO is now withdrawing its support for the EAT diet, which aims to revolutionise the world towards more sustainable food. According to Gian Lorenzo Cornado, the Italian representative at the WHO, a global move to the EAT diet would lead to the loss of millions of jobs and would wipe out traditional eating habits, which are part of the cultural heritage.

Choice of the consumer?

Moreover, according to Cornado, it would lead to a ‘complete destruction of consumer choice’. Finally, Cornado also questions the scientific basis of the largely vegetable diet, which is recognised by the WHO. Meanwhile, EAT-Lancet also admits that its recommended diet does not contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


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