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Food systems, nutrition, health and the environment

Dangour, AD; Mace, G; Shankar, B; (2017) Food systems, nutrition, health and the environment. The Lancet Planetary Health , 1 (1) e8-e9. 10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30004-9. Green open access

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Abstract

Nutritionists are classically concerned with the associations between nutrients and diets and nutrition and health outcomes. Understanding these associations is important. Insufficient and poor quality food, especially during pregnancy and in early childhood is a major contributor to the high burden of undernutrition: globally, 159 million children younger than 5 years are stunted (too short for their age), 50 million children globally are wasted (dangerously thin), and more than 3 million children die every year from causes associated with undernutrition. Simultaneously, nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer are major contributors to the global burden of disease. Ambitious goals have been set by the international community to eliminate malnutrition in all its forms, and 2016 saw the start of a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition designed to reinvigorate national and international efforts for nutrition.

Type: Article
Title: Food systems, nutrition, health and the environment
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30004-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30004-9
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an Open Access article published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050319
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