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Nutritional Issues in Medical Anthropology


Thompson, Amanda L. & Bentley, Margaret E. (2018). Nutritional Issues in Medical Anthropology.. Panter-Brick, Catherine (Ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..


Nutrition is an important factor shaping human health in the past and present. Human diets are influenced by biological needs, geography and climate, social organization, and cultural beliefs and practices. Within anthropology, nutritional anthropologists have focused on understanding these factors and their health consequences. This entry provides a brief overview of the historical development of the field of nutritional anthropology, reviews the approaches taken and methods used to understand the relationship between diet and health, describes several current research areas in nutrition and health, and highlights some areas for future research within medical anthropology and beyond.


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Thompson, Amanda L.
Bentley, Margaret E.