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Equity, food security and health equity in the Asia Pacific region.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19965356     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
What, and how much, people eat is a response to their socio-political, socio-economic, socio-environmental and socio-cultural environments. Good nutrition is central to good health. Globally, health has improved for many but not for everyone equally. That food and nutrition-related health is unequally distributed is a marker of societal failure. For some individuals, communities and even nations, it is a matter of not having enough food, of being unable to afford food and there being little nutritious food readily available. For others there is an over abundance of food but its nutritional quality is compromised, access to healthy food is poor and cost of food is high relative to other commodities. Human development and poverty reduction in the Asia Pacific region cannot be achieved without improving nutrition in an equitable way. There is no biological reason for the scale of difference in health, including diet-related health that is observed in the Asia Pacific region. That it exists is unethical and inequitable. Asymmetric economic growth, unequal improvements in daily living conditions, unequal distribution of technical developments and suppression of human rights have seen health inequities perpetuate and worsen, particularly over the last three decades. Addressing diet-related health inequities requires attention to the underlying structural drivers and inequities in conditions of daily living that disempower individuals, social groups and even nations from the pursuit of good nutrition and health. These are matters of economic and social policy at the global, regional and national level.
Sharon Friel; Phillip I Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-07     Completed Date:  2010-03-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  620-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, ACT 0200, Canberra, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Asia, Southeastern / epidemiology
Australia / epidemiology
Diet / economics
Far East / epidemiology
Food Supply* / economics
Health Policy
Health Status Disparities*
India / epidemiology
Life Expectancy
Malnutrition / epidemiology*
New Zealand / epidemiology
Obesity / epidemiology
Socioeconomic Factors

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