FIA Lunch Series with Dr. Leonora N Panlasigui
An Insight into the Philippines' Plan of Action for Nutrition

Date: Friday, 6 October 2017
Venue: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #19-07/08, Singapore 228208
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

The Philippines continues to battle under-nutrition and the primary focus of the 2011 – 16 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition focused on hunger, child under-nutrition, maternal under-nutrition and deficiencies in certain nutrition. Obesity and overweight were added as a fifth pillar. 

According to the “Tackling Obesity in ASEAN” report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, obesity rates in the Philippines increased by 24% in the period 2010 – 2014 which was one of the lowest recorded increases among six countries surveyed. Despite this data, the food industry in the Philippines is under tremendous pressure from regulators with proposals to tax sugar, salt and more recently plastic packaging on the table, coupled with a proposal to ban the advertising of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Dr Leonora Panlasigui, President of the Philippine Association of Nutrition, will share more on what is driving this policy pressure and explain findings about rates of over and under-nutrition in the Philippines

Speaker's Profile

Dr. Leonora N Panlasigui
Dean Emeritus
School of Nutrition
Philippine Women's University

Dr Leonora N Panlasigui is the Dean Emeritus of School of Nutrition at the Philippine Women's University and the President of the Philippine Association of Nutrition Inc. She is also Dean Emeritus School of Nutrition , Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Dr Panlasigui is a respected expert in the field of nutrition and dietetics and has held a range of academic and administrative positions. 

She was a Dietetic Board Reviewer of the board examinations for Nutrition & Dietetics. She has participated in numerous conferences and has been a project leader or co-researcher in over 20 researches and co-authored several books and articles on food and nutrition. She completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman; MS in Nutrition at Iowa State University, USA; and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto in Canada. Dr. Panlasigui also did dietetics internships in the USA, post graduate studies in Belgium, post-doctoral studies and research fellowships in Canada and Japan, where she was also a visiting scientist.

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