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Food Is A Global Health Issue

Writing in the PLOS “Translational Global Health” blog, Alessandro Demaio, an Australian medical doctor, examines the links between food and global health and provides five reasons “why food is, and must be, a global health issue.” He discusses the emergence of food-related disease, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers; examines the relationship between poverty and malnutrition; states the quality of diets can be “an enormous opportunity for creating a healthier future — if managed appropriately”; discusses the influence of top food companies on population health as well as policy development; and notes “there is a growing disconnect between food, cooking and people” (12/16).

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