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WHO Dietary Norms: A Quantitative Evaluation of Potential Consumption Impacts in the US, UK and France

Shankar, Bhavani and Srinivasan, CS and Irz, Xavier (2008) 'WHO Dietary Norms: A Quantitative Evaluation of Potential Consumption Impacts in the US, UK and France.' Review of Agricultural Economics, 30 (1). pp. 151-175.

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Abstract

The member countries of the World Health Organization have endorsed its Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health. We assess the potential consumption impacts of these norms in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom using a mathematical programming approach. We find that adherence would involve large reductions in the consumption of fats and oils accompanying large rises in the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and cereal. Further, in the United Kingdom and the United States, but not France, sugar intakes would have to shrink considerably. Focusing on sub-populations within each country, we find that the least educated, not necessarily the poorest, would have to bear the highest burden of adjustment.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Financial and Management Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
ISSN: 14679353
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/j.1467-9353.2007.00397.x
Depositing User: Bhavani Shankar
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 14:39
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12818

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