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Policy Applications

Walter Willett

in Nutritional Epidemiology

Third edition

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754038
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754038.003.0016

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Policy Applications

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The translation of knowledge about diet and health into policy is complex; knowledge about biological relationships is fundamental, but this must interact with economics, sociology, communications, agriculture, and other disciplines. Nutritional epidemiology can play an important role at many steps in the translation process beyond its traditional role in defining basic biological relationships. This chapter provides a brief overview of the ways that knowledge about diet and health can be transformed to policy, emphasizing the potential applications of nutritional epidemiology. It first reviews scientific evidence, and the appropriate interpretation of this evidence, which should serve as the basis for nutritional policy. It then describes types of nutritional policies and the evaluation of these policies. Additional discussion of opportunities and strategies to translate knowledge about diet and health into policy are considered in a report from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

Keywords: knowledge; diet; health policy; public health; nutritional policy

Chapter.  14779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology

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