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Nutrition Communications

  • By: Sylvia Rowe & Nick Alexander
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

In recent years, there has been a virtual explosion of information resources available to those seeking nutrition information. Unfortunately, along with the abundance and accessibility of the latest research wisdom, there is also a new abundance of unreliable information—folk wisdom masquerading as science, well-meaning advice ungrounded in science, and even alarmist and patently false claims designed to promote business ventures and ideologies. The decreasing costs associated with communication technologies and the growth of the World Wide Web have facilitated this proliferation of both information and misunderstanding; savvy consumers of nutrition science need new ways to prioritize news about research according to its scientific reliability.

The objective of this summary of nutrition communication challenges is to offer a practical guide to navigating the increasingly complex information landscape ...

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