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Open Access Panel: What are the relative roles of processed complementary foods and behavioural change in improving nutritional status? The essential role of communication in behavioural change

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The use of a processed weaning food in a public health programme should never proceed without an effective programme of communication for behavioural change. There is a long and largely unsuccessful history of public health-oriented weaning foods. Most of the problems have been due to the lack of attention to behaviour, which is not a priority for most nutritionists. Food consumes programmes and consequently uses most of the economic and human resources devoted to the programme. A food programme is not a nutrition programme, and processed weaning foods are not always necessary and are not a priori the best food. The trade-offs between promoting processed foods versus promoting local foods must be considered. It is important not to let the scientifically perfect weaning food stand in the way of practical, sustainable solutions for improving the nutrition of infants and toddlers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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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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