The importance of good nutrition for optimal health throughout life cannot be disputed, and there is a good consensus among scientists throughout the world as to what constitutes good nutrition. The problem is to convert nutrition theory into meaningful practice in terms of ‘food on the plate’. The problem is educational and sociological. Therefore, any discussion of healthy eating must be about people, about how food preferences and eating habits are formed, about the reasons some people put their health-even their lives-at risk even in the face of specific medical advice.

It is not yet clear how best to reach either those at risk because of extreme dietary habits or the public as a whole with meaningful information about food and nutrition. At present, the public as a whole and even the medical and teaching professions are very badly informed about food and nutrition. Misconceptions are widespread. The fact that the public receives a mass of conflicting information is not helpful.

The whole problem of putting good nutrition theory into practice will be discussed. Implications of any long term change in the nations eating habits for government, agriculture, the food industry and the community will be commented upon.


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  • M. R. Turner
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  1. 1.The British Nutrition FoundationLondonUK

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