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Open Access Why public nutrition?

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Good food security and nutrition of the population is an important objective for all those involved in public health, social welfare, and socio-economic development. Although the practice and study of public nutrition is well established, it has been defined by a myriad of names, such as “public health nutrition,” “community nutrition,” and “international nutrition.” The result has tended to constrain practitioners or confuse the range of their work. The need for a new name that embodies the complex ideas and multitudes of activities of “public nutrition” is explained. Such a construct, in order to escape the fuzziness of jargon, should lead to clearer thinking and better action, that is, it should help develop better practice to improve the well-being of all populations, and the training and research to support that practice.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106
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