Seminar on Re-assessing Macronutrient Needs – Requirement, Quality and Health Impacts

Bangkok, Thailand
03/05/2017 – 04/05/2017
Compass Skyview Hotel, Sukhumvit 24 Road


The components of a diversified, balanced and healthy diet vary depending on individual needs, locally available foods, as well as cultural and dietary customs. In recent years, new developments and research in the field of nutrition and health and chronic diseases, have had an impact on recommendations for dietary intake of macronutrients.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released new dietary guidelines in 2015, with recommendations for fat and protein intake; while the Institute of Medicine (IOM), USA, has provided recommendations for adults in terms of Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDRs) for carbohydrate, protein and fat. Similarly, countries in Europe, Australia, and the Southeast Asia Region have national dietary recommendations for both macro- and micronutrients intakes and distributions.

This 1½ day seminar aims to provide an overview of the most recent scientific knowledge and research findings on current and optimal macronutrient intakes, and to discuss the implications for dietary recommendations in the ASEAN region.The objectives are to:

1. Present new findings regarding macronutrient requirements and distribution for healthy population groups, and the health impacts

2. Characterize the intake, distribution and main sources of macronutrients in Southeast Asian diets (based on recent national surveys)

3. Discuss issues and future research needs regarding macronutrient requirements and distribution, particularly for Southeast Asian countries undergoing a nutritional transition


ILSI SEA Region 


The Seminar Program is available HERE.


The Summary Report is available HERE.


Opening Session
Global Recommendations for Macronutrients Requirement and Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges
Prof. Janet King, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, USA

Macronutrient Requirements in Southeast Asia (SEA)
Emeritus Prof. Geok Lin Khor, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Session 1: Current Macronutrient Intake in SEA Region and Country Experience
Current Macronutrient Intake in Indonesia
Dr. Astuti Lamid, Ministry of Health, Indonesia
Presentation Not Available

Current Macronutrient Intake in Malaysia
Mr. Mohamad Hasnan Ahmad, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Presentation Not Available

Current Macronutrient Intake in Philippines
Dr. Cecilia Cristina Santos-Acuin, Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Philippines
Presentation Not Available

Current Macronutrient Intake in Singapore
Ms. Melissa Koh, Health Promotion Board, Singapore
Presentation Not Available

Current Macronutrient Intake in Thailand
Asst. Prof. Warapone Satheannoppakao, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand
Presentation Not Available

Current Macronutrient Intake in Vietnam
Assoc. Prof. Le Bach Mai, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Vietnam
Presentation Not Available

Development of Macronutrient Requirements – Evidence Based Approach - Korean Experience
Prof. Oran Kwon, Ewha Woman’s University, Korea

Session 2: Protein Requirements and Health
Optimal Protein Quality and Consumption for Healthy Living - Beyond the RDA
Dr. Christopher McGlory, McMaster University, Canada

Higher Protein Diets for Metabolic Health
Prof. Manny Noakes, CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship, Australia

The Role of Dietary Protein in the Sarcopenia of Aging
Dr. Shuichi Machida, Juntendo University, Japan

Amino Acids and Protein Quality for Growth
Assoc. Prof. Umaporn Suthutvoravut, Mahidol University, Thailand

Session 3: Impact of Fat on Health – Across the Lifespan
Role of DHA in Early Life Nutrition in the First 1000 days
Prof. Barbara Meyer, University of Wollongong, Australia

Intake of Essential Fatty Acids in Indonesian Children: Secondary Analysis of Data from a Nationally Representative Survey
Prof. Ratna Djuwita, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Presentation Not Available

Emerging Science on Omega – 3
Assoc. Prof. Peter J Meikle, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

Omega – 3 Index and Health
Dr. Femke Hannes, DSM Nutritional Products Asia Pacific, Singapore
Presentation Not Available

Session 4: Updates on Carbohydrates
Carbohydrate Intake and the Influence on Gut Microbiota
Prof. Yuan Kun Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Consumption Levels and Sources of Added Sugar in Thailand: A Review of the Best Available Evidence
Asst. Prof. Wantanee Kriengsinyos, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand
Presentation Not Available