Gun Roos

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


Gun Roos has been employed as Senior Researcher at SIFO since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in nutritional anthropology from the University of Kentucky and M.S. in nutrition from the University of Helsinki. She is especially interested in interdisciplinary research addressing social and cultural aspects of food, health-related lifestyles and how different groups perceive and consume food in their everyday lives. She has researched and published on topics related to food and social inequalities, gender, children, food labelling and nutrition policy.



Inequalities and diet: Gender, Socio-economic or other vulnerable groups

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948) states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food,” and the more recent UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have several goals related to inequalities in diet, including “zero hunger” (SDG 2), “gender equality” (SDG 5) and “reduced inequalities” (SDG 10). This presentation explores diet related health disparities that have been documented in the Nordic countries despite welfare policies targeting social inequalities. Some of the questions discussed in the presentation will be: Do diets and types of foods consumed in gender, socioeconomic and ethnic groups in Nordic countries have consequences for health inequalities? What are the implications of including focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable groups for policies aimed at changing diet?