My Ph.D. work will focus on developing food-based dietary guidelines and a healthy eating index for Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the second populated country in Africa suffering from different forms of malnutrition and diet-related diseases: acute and chronic undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and diet-related diseases (including type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer). Globalization, urbanization, changes in lifestyle and in the food supply have resulted in a shift in dietary habits. These changes highlight the need for consistent, simple and practical dietary guidance to enable populations to select healthy diets, prevent disease and to guide the country in food, health, and agriculture policy development.
Thus, the aim is to have a short, science-based, positive messages on healthy eating and lifestyles aimed at preventing all forms of malnutrition and keeping people well-nourished and healthy. Prof. Dr. Edith Feskens , Dr. Jeanne de Vries and Dr. Inge Brouwer from WUR are my promoter daily supervisor and advisor respectively.