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Nutritional Epidemiology

Walter C. Willett

Second edition

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195122978
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122978.001.0001

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Nutritional Epidemiology

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This book is intended to increase understanding of the complex relationships between diet and the major diseases of western civilization, such as cancer and atherosclerosis. The book starts with an overview of research strategies in nutritional epidemiology—a relatively new discipline which combines the knowledge compiled by nutritionists during this century with the methodology developed by epidemiologists to study the determinants of disease with multiple etiologies and long latent periods. A major part of the book is devoted to methods of dietary assessment using data on food intake, biochemical indicators of diet, and measures of body size and composition. The reproducibility and validity of each approach and the implications of measurement error are considered in detail. The analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data from epidemiologic studies of diet and disease are discussed. Particular attention is paid to the important influence of total energy intake on findings in such studies. As examples of methodologic issues in nutritional epidemiology, three substantive topics are examined in depth: the relations of diet and coronary heart disease, fat intake and breast cancer, and Vitamin A and lung cancer.

Keywords: diet and diseases; cancer; atherosclerosis; dietary assessment; food intake; biochemical indicators; body size; energy intake

Book.  528 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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Overview of Nutritional Epidemiology in Nutritional Epidemiology

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Foods and Nutrients in Nutritional Epidemiology

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Nature of Variation in Diet in Nutritional Epidemiology

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Food-Frequency Methods in Nutritional Epidemiology

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Recall of Remote Diet in Nutritional Epidemiology

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