Three Superpowers of Nutrition


Welcome to lesson 1 of our module “The Power of Nutrition”: The Three Superpowers of Nutrition

Let’s start this module by looking at the key health crises of our time and how nutrition plays an outstanding role in their control. We will hear big numbers that are both important and shocking at the same time, which will help us understand the extent of the world’s health problems.

This lesson will introduce you to the current global health issues that are linked to nutrition and diet. The lesson will give you solid background knowledge and prepare you for the subsequent lessons in this module.

What will I learn in this lesson?

  • The most important numbers and facts about health and nutrition.
  • The key elements of healthy nutrition.
  • The well-grounded scientific arguments supporting the key elements of healthy nutrition.
  • The most important reasons for healthy nutrition.

Before moving on to the next lesson, we recommend that you watch the video and pass the quiz.

Note: In each video lesson, the key facts and learnings will be sent to your module cheat sheet, which will become available for PAN members after completing the final test.

Remember, if you are a PAN member you need to be logged into your account to save your progress. Please make sure you log in before starting this module. 



WHO world obesity rate (last access: 2021-05-25)

Obesity rates for Germany
Mensink, GBM et al. “Übergewicht Und Adipositas in Deutschland: Ergebnisse Der Studie Zur Gesundheit Erwachsener in Deutschland (DEGS1).” Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz 56, no. 5–6 (May 2013): 786–94.
English version available: (last access: 2021-05-25)

Animated video
The video is based on PAN's fundamental series “The Power of Nutrition”. All references to sources used for this video can be found in the respective parts of the above-mentioned series: (last access: 2021-05-25)

Greenhouse gas emissions
Poore, J and Nemecek T. “Reducing Food’s Environmental Impacts through Producers and Consumers.” Science 360, no. 6392 (June 1, 2018): 987–92.

Graphic on climate and health
Patel, VD et al. 2015. Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders. Disease Control Priorities, third edition, volume 4. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-0426-7. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO
available here:

Zoonotic diseases graphics from UNEP (last access: 2021-05-25)

Taylor, LH et al. “Risk Factors for Human Disease Emergence.” Edited by M. E. J. Woolhouse and C. Dye. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences 356, no. 1411 (July 29, 2001): 983–89. Open access via PMC:

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