Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Value of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Value of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health

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Almost every day there is a food health scare story in the news; from campylobacter to acrylamide, salt to sugar, allergens to hygiene, and obesity, the health condition costing billions of pounds a year. How do we process this and decide what actions to take, either as individuals or as health professionals? The issues are complex meaning that it is critical for a multi-faceted approach, which is so important to the success of public health. This is demonstrated clearly by the articles presented in this Special Issue and is a poignant reminder of the importance of the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health - 'a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'.[1]

When it comes to obesity, the magic bullet is not simply to ask people to eat less and move around more - in this complicated world, there are many influences that contribute to obesity, none of which can be examined in isolation. The built environment (a special issue topic in the January 2017 edition of this publication), socio-economic factors, food labelling, portion sizing, stealthy reduction in calories, sugar or fat in manufacturing formulations, positioning of foods in the supermarket along with simple solutions such as easy access to weight reduction and education programmes are so important. …

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