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Nutrition surveys or surveillance: one-night stands or a long-term commitment?

Karen L Webb, Ingrid H Rutishauser, Geoffrey C Marks, Gregory Masters and Stephen R Leeder
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (5): 248-249.
Published online: 4 September 2006

Many disparate groups in Australia now concur about the need for continuous food and nutrition monitoring

Poor nutrition contributes to Australia’s current health problems in several ways. Heart disease and cancer, both strongly related to nutrition, remain the leading causes of death. At the same time, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes is alarmingly high, and deficiencies of vitamin D, iodine, and calcium are re-emerging.

  • Karen L Webb1
  • Ingrid H Rutishauser2
  • Geoffrey C Marks3
  • Gregory Masters4
  • Stephen R Leeder5

  • 1 School of Public Health and School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Nutrition Unit, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 4 Nexus Management Consulting, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: karenw@health.usyd.edu.au

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