Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice

Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice

Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice

Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice

Synopsis

A systematic, research-based overview of the central principles and practice issues in the growing field of public health nutrition. With chapters by leading international experts, this is essential reading for practitioners and students in public health, nutrition, health policy and related fields.

Excerpt

I am pleased to comment on this book because it is a ground-breaking text in the developing field of public health nutrition. In their introductory chapter the editors, Mark Lawrence and Tony Worsley, define public health nutrition as 'the promotion and maintenance of nutrition-related health and wellbeing of populations through the organised efforts and informed choices of society'. Indeed, this book has been written in the belief that the most important issues confronting food and nutrition scientists in the twenty-first century are beyond the scope of conventionally defined human biology. As Uauy (2005), the current president of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), has said 'we must be willing to encompass the social, economic, political and human rights dimension of nutrition'.

This book comprises eighteen chapters grouped into four sections under the titles 'Principles', 'Populations', 'Priorities' and 'Practice'. These provide a notable comprehensive discussion of the issues. In relation to 'Priorities', Margetts argues that 'priorities need to be viewed in a context that includes ideology about responsibilities and solutions. This is the challenge to public health nutrition'. He further states that 'the way we currently operate is not good enough — if this book is to make any difference it has to enable public health nutritionists to be better informed, more critical and less naive about the causes and therefore the solutions to major international public health problems'.

In the chapter on 'Policy and Politics', Lawrence refers to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television programme which asked the . . .

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