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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2004 Jun 3;124(11):1526-8.

[Social inequality and diet].

[Article in Norwegian]

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  • 1Institutt for allmenn- og samfunnsmedisin, Universitetet i Oslo, Postboks 1130 Blindern, 0318 Oslo.


Despite a general improvement of the living standard in Norway, disparities in living conditions and health between socio-economic groups have increased over the last decades. This article discusses present knowledge on socio-economic differences in diet in Europe and particularly in Norway. Several international and Norwegian studies indicate that the diet of lower socio-economic groups tends to compare poorly to that of higher groups on a number of health-related aspects. More documentation is needed on how diet and food selection differs across population groups; moreover, better knowledge about why these differences exist and persist is needed. This is important for making interventions and other preventive efforts effective in eliminating unfavourable dietary differences.

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