The Sabri Ülker Foundation was at the 3rd Hidden Hunger Congress to monitor closely the objectives of the struggle against this health problem, and to introduce the “Balanced Nutrition Test,” developed to improve the dietary intake of society!This event was part of the international series of Hidden Hunger Congresses, which started in 2013. At the First Hidden Hunger Congress, the causes, consequences, and possible solutions of this issue were discussed. The Second Hidden Hunger Congress, held in 2015, addressed the specific problem of hidden hunger during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life. The repercussions of hidden hunger for a child’s development and the resultant increased risk in maternal mortality were also examined.
The Third Hidden Hunger Congress, held on March 20–22, 2017, in Stuttgart, Germany, evaluated how far the agenda, programs, and measures adopted at the 2015 convention for the purpose of fighting against world famine and poverty had already been implemented. Politicians, food industry representatives, and representatives from civil society participated in the event and took part in debates. Also presented at the convention were successfully established projects and initiatives, such as the “One World – No Hunger” project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Young scientists and members of local organizations took part, presenting examples of different measures in the fight against hidden hunger in their regions. It was emphasized that sharing experiences from the efforts of various countries and geographies will significantly contribute to improving the fight against hidden hunger.
The Sabri Ülker Foundation firmly supports knowledge sharing, and hosted a session called “New Approaches to Monitor Dietary Intakes and its Relation To Health” at the Third Hidden Hunger Congress. Prof. Hans Konrad Biesalski, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Sabri Ülker Foundation's Science Committee, and the congress chair, opened the session with a captivating presentation on hidden hunger and its consequences. He was followed by Mirjana Gurinović, Ph.D., who explained new approaches in dietary intake monitoring. Prof. Biesalski drew attention to the importance of adequate and balanced nutrition in the struggle against hidden hunger, and highlighted the critical nature of food diversity in the diet. In the final part of the session, the Sabri Ülker Foundation introduced the “Balanced Nutrition Test,” able to assess the dietary intake of individuals and thereby supporting balanced nutrition. It presented striking data on the condition of the adults who participated in it. The session was very popular, with many attendees showing interest, and was concluded with a question and answer section during which participants had the chance to exchange information and experiences.