Chronic diseases of lifestyle (CDL), such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, are the dominant family of diseases in the USA and across the Western world. These diseases are closely related to an unhealthy lifestyle. The book explores this family of diseases, their causes, and most especially the role of diet. This information will enable the reader to achieve a healthy lifestyle and prevent these diseases.
But the book goes further: it also explores the big picture of how improved health can be achieved across the population. This requires encouraging people to eat a healthier diet. Towards that goal various other important topics are also examined including the dangers posed by the food industry and the great potential of government policy such as:
* Food labels
* Health promotion. This is a strategy where health experts try to persuade the population to follow a healthier lifestyle, including eating a healthier diet
* Government policy. Health promotion achieves only limited success. This chapter makes the case that government policies are a more effective way to enhance the health of the population
* The role of the food industry is discussed as it is responsible for the mass marketing of unhealthy foods
* The population is continually exposed to large amounts of false and misleading information in the area of diet and health. Most books on diet and health are filled with highly misleading information. This creates endless confusion
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in diet and health, both those with and those without a background in nutrition.
Words of Praise
Dr Norman Temple has once again assembled an insightful and comprehensive nutrition resource. Regardless, who reads this or if you read part or all of this excellent resource, you will learn something you likely did know before about nutrition. Dr Temple is able to orchestrate knowledge dissemination resources that are of high utility. He is the Mozart of Nutrition of this era. This book is a keeper.
--Karen Davison, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, Canada
This book is a must-read for both professionals and those in the general public interested in their health and well-being. Dr. Temple first explains the scientific method. He then applies it to the vexing problems all of us have in understanding the major nutrition-health issues of our times. A good read for both the hard scientist and everyone else.
--James K Friel, PhD, professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences,
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
This very important book suggests practical ways for people to maintain a healthy diet and thereby improve their health and prevent chronic disease. Everyone should read this excellent resource, It is brilliantly written in a way that ordinary people can learn about and understand the many factors that affect our diet and nutrition.
--Joy Fraser, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
A healthy diet is the core ingredient of a healthy life. But how can you be sure that your diet is healthy given the conflicting messages from governments, the media and one’s acquaintances? Professor Temple, who did pioneering work with Denis Burkitt on diet and disease, here guides us through the issues and tells us what a healthy diet is and why.
--John Cummings, OBE, FRCP, Professor Emeritus, University of Dundee, Scotland
This book summarizes the important links between diet and health with later chapters offering helpful practical advice. Norman Temple has long been a strong advocate of public health nutrition, with the authority of one who has been a Professor of Nutrition in Canada for many years.
--Paul Trayhurn, DSc, Professor Emeritus, University of Liverpool, UK
This is a book on nutrition which everyone can enjoy. It is written by a professional who is able to write in words that the general public can understand. It is becoming available at a time that chronic diseases of life time are becoming a great growing global challenge. I highly recommend this book to young and old who wish to ensure optimal health especially in later life.
--Nelia Steyn, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department Human Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
This book represents a very clear and comprehensive guide on diet and health. It is brilliantly written, has great insight, and contains up-to-date and accurate information. Therefore, I strongly recommend it to everyone who is interested in diet and who wants to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
--Valentina Guercio, PhD, epidemiologist, UK
This book represents essential reading for those who want to know more about the connection between diet and health and its complexity.
--Jayne Woodside, PhD, Professor of Human Nutrition, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
This book is the answer for those wanting an informative, expert take on diet and health.
--Rachel A. Murphy, PhD, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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About the Author
Norman Temple is a professor of nutrition in Canada. Based on many years of teaching the subject, publishing multiple books, and carrying out research, he is widely recognized as an international expert in the field. This has enabled him to write a highly authoritative book.