Healthy dietary patterns: are they also sustainable? The case of Lebanon by Dr. Farah Naja

Dr. Farah Naja, Associate Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, FAFS, AUB, delivered the lecture: Healthy dietary patterns: are they also sustainable? The case of Lebanon on March 27 at FAFS. In her talk, Dr. Naja discussed the elements of ‘healthy’ dietary patterns and presented an evaluation of these patterns in terms of their environmental footprints and sustainability with regard to water, land, and energy use.

About the lecture

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suffers from a high burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) due, in part, to a gradual shift in dietary intake from traditional to more ‘westernized’ diets. The situation has triggered national and regional efforts to develop guidelines and recommendations that promote the consumption of balanced diets, known for their protective effects against NCDs. However, such efforts do not consider the environmental impact of these guidelines in a region suffering depleted resources: water scarcity, land degradation, and high energy use.​

About the speaker

Dr. Farah Naja, Associate Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, FAFS, AUB, earned her PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada. Since joining AUB in 2008, Dr. Naja has led an active research portfolio, with over 60 publications. Her research explores innovative approaches to the study of dietary intakes, with a focus on health and environmental impacts of food consumption. Dr. Naja recently launched the first mother / child cohorts in the Middle East (Lebanon, Qatar and the UAE).