Food, health, and complexity: Towards a conceptual understanding to guide collaborative public health action

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Title: Food, health, and complexity: Towards a conceptual understanding to guide collaborative public health action
Author: Majowicz, S.E; Meyer, S.B; Shaikh, A; Kirkpatrick, S.I; Elliott, S.J; Minaker, L.M; Scott, S; Graham, J.L; Laird, B
Abstract: What we eat simultaneously impacts our exposure to pathogens, allergens, and contaminants, our nutritional status and body composition, our risks for and the progression of chronic diseases, and other outcomes. Furthermore, what we eat is influenced by a complex web of drivers, including culture, politics, economics, and our built and natural environments. To date, public health initiatives aimed at improving food-related population health outcomes have primarily been developed within ‘practice silos’, and the potential for complex interactions among such initiatives is not well understood. Therefore, our objective was to develop a conceptual model depicting how infectious foodborne illness, food insecurity, dietary contaminants, obesity, and food allergy can be linked via shared drivers, to illustrate potential complex interactions and support future collaboration across public health practice silos.
URI: http://primo.tug-libraries.on.ca/WATERLOO:TN_scopus2-s2.0-84975815652
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11895/257
Date: 2016-06-08


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