Public health nutrition

Authored by: Arlene Spark

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661

10.4324/9780203819227.ch6

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Abstract

This section opens with a historical perspective of public health nutrition from the 1800s to the present, and provides a list of the current goals of nutritionists working in the field of public health. The tools used by public health nutritionists vary, and may include geographic information systems (GIS); nutritional epidemiology; survey design, implementation and evaluation; and literature reviews known as meta-analyses. New areas of research in public health nutrition include examining the nutrition transition and learning how diet interacts with genes throughout life, affecting the expression of those genes and, consequently, tissue function and disease risk.

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