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'Nutrition communication' can be defined as the process by which nutrition knowledge is converted into dietary change. Nutrition communication then includes nutrition education--the process by which people are informed, and sometimes empowered by, nutrition information--but also other actions taken to improve peoples' diets such as restricting misinformation about nutrition or manipulating the composition, availability or price of foods. Dietary goals for populations and food-based dietary guidelines for individuals constitute the starting point for nutrition communication, and if these could be more evidence-based we would be in a much stronger position to develop more effective nutrition communication. A population-based approach to nutrition communication is complementary to an individualistic approach in theory, but in practice they compete for attention in food policy making circles.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Forum Nutr

Publication Date

2003

Volume

56

Pages

129 - 131

Keywords

Evidence-Based Medicine, Forecasting, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Nutrition Policy, Nutritional Sciences, Social Change