Introduction

  • Hendrik N. J. Schifferstein
  • Lynn J. Frewer
  • Einar Risvik
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Abstract

People must eat to live. There is no alternative to the consumption of food other than a slow and agonizing death through starvation, and food security is an increasingly important issue in a world where the population is continually increasing. In poorer countries, inadequate supplies of calories and appropriate nutrition are, tragically, still priorities for many consumers. In affluent countries, however, increased wealth has facilitated over-consumption of foods, contributing to an increasing rate of obesity, which is producing many health problems, exacerbated by people living longer, more sedentary lives.

Keywords

Obesity Europe Income Patulin 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

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  • Hendrik N. J. Schifferstein
  • Lynn J. Frewer
  • Einar Risvik

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