Post-disaster diets deteriorate in Nepal: Humanitarian assistance must consider long-term impact on food behaviour

Woman choose vegetables at a Nepalese vegetable stand.

How do post-disaster humanitarian responses affect long-term food behaviour?

Researchers, including Tilman Brück and Ghassan Baliki of ISDC, studied food behaviour in Nepal’s Sindhupalhok District. Their data reveal increased consumption of unhealthy snack foods in earthquake-affected regions.

Findings indicate that “external shocks such as an earthquake and the subsequent humanitarian assistance, while well-intentioned and incredibly important to save lives, can bring about unintended consequences in promoting long-term changes in food behaviour toward increased consumption of unhealthy food. 

A more nutrition-sensitive approach to post-disaster recovery is urgently needed.”

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