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Nutr Rev. 2009 May;67 Suppl 1:S130-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00175.x.

Nutritional status in Europe: methods and results.

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Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria. ibrahim.elmadfa@univie.ac.at

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Presented here is an analysis and documentation of the nutritional situation in 14 European countries. Collection methods and available data about the most common nutritional status assessment indicators are described. Prevalence of adult obesity varied considerably in the 14 countries, ranging from 6% to 31%. The mean fat intake of adults exceeded the population goal of less than 30% of energy in virtually all of the 14 countries. Dietary fiber, folate, vitamin D, and (excessive) sodium intake did not meet recommended levels. Strategies addressing the inadequacies in European diets are needed to improve the nutritional situation in Europe.

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