The Consequences of Poor Nutrition

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Poor nutrition diets and consequent rise of NCDs are population health challenges facing public health dietitians/nutritionists since they are charged with maintaining good health of the population through managing food and nutrition issues. By developing programs to tackle lack of food security, high pricing of healthy food and negative influences of food marketing, they can introduce nutritious diets and healthy eating habits to the community. They can do so effectively by collaborating with other health and non-health professionals and contributing to developing a more integrated health system. As noted by the WHO (2004), an integrated approach to the determinants of unhealthy diet would minimise future impacts of NCDs. Integrated care has been attracting substantial attention as an imperative framework to develop better and more cost-effective health systems (Kodner & Spreeuwenberg, 2002). However, integration remains a defining variable (Kodner & Spreeuwenberg, 2002). Consensus dissolves around an agreed definition of integration, as an integrated health system is a complex and multi-faceted notion. A general definition of integration is the organisation and provision of health services so that patients receive a range of preventive and curative services, based on their needs over time and across different levels of the health system (WHO, 2008). More specific interpretations vary with respect to different stakeholders in the health system. To patients an
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