A food policy package for healthy diets and the prevention of obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases: the NOURISHING framework

Obes Rev. 2013 Nov;14 Suppl 2:159-68. doi: 10.1111/obr.12098.


This paper presents the NOURISHING framework of food policies to promote healthy diets, and uses the framework to summarize the policy actions taken by the Bellagio meeting countries. NOURISHING was developed by WCRF International to formalize a comprehensive policy package that brings together the key domains of action and policy areas. It aims to provide global level recommendations for a comprehensive response, within which policymakers have the flexibility to select specific policy options suitable for their national/local contexts and target populations. It also aims to provide a framework for reporting, categorizing and monitoring policy actions taken around the world, and for systematically categorizing, updating, interpreting and communicating the evidence for policy to policymakers. In this paper we explain the structure for NOURISHING and the rationale behind it. We also use the framework to report on and categorize the policy actions implemented in the Bellagio countries.

Keywords: Food policy; obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Food Supply
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Policy Making