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Nat Rev Cancer. 2007 Jan;7(1):61-7.

Understanding global nutrition dynamics as a step towards controlling cancer incidence.

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Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Carolina Population Center, 123 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516-3997, USA.


As we look to understand future forces that will affect cancer risk, poor dietary patterns, overweight and obesity are significant concerns. In the past two decades these factors have shifted from issues that face higher-income countries to a global pandemic, and are rapidly becoming less a problem of affluence and more a problem of poverty. Rapid shifts in food systems, food pricing and marketing are the causes that underlie this trend. It is imperative to understand these factors and implement global interventions to slow this pandemic. The alternative is an acceleration of the incidence of the main nutrition-related cancers, primarily in developing countries.

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