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Dietary strategies to reduce the burden of cancer and cardiovascular disease in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Mathers


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The importance attributed to dietary change as a means of helping to achieve the major goals of the UK's public health policy as articulated in the Health of the Nation White paper (Department of Health, 1992) is less apparent in the most recent strategy document (Department of Health, 1999). Greater emphasis is given to amelioration of the socio-economic circumstances that are believed to contribute to inequalities in health. Better understanding of the elements of foods and diets which help protect health together with better evidence of effective dietary interventions are essential if the opportunities to use diet to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases are to be realised. This is likely to need new research strategies that take advantage of emerging information from genomics and proteomics to produce evidence of safety, efficacy and applicability. Ethical exploitation of the rapid growth in interest in 'functional foods' by the food industry will require a level of investment in biomedical research unusual in the past.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mathers JC

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Nutrition

Year: 2000

Volume: 84

Issue: 2

Pages: S211-S216

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0007-1145

ISSN (electronic): 1475-2662


PubMed id: 11242472