Nutritional Epidemiology

Hardcover | October 11, 2012

byWalter Willett

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This text is intended for those who wish to understand the complex relationships between diet and risks of important diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is aimed both at researchers engaged in the unraveling of these complex relationships and at readers of the rapidlymultiplying and often confusing scholarly literature on the subject. The book starts with an overview of research strategies in nutritional epidemiology-still a relatively new discipline that combines the vast knowledge compiled by nutritionists during this century with the methodologies developed by epidemiologists to study the determinants of diseases with multipleetiologies and long latent periods. A major section is devoted to the methods of dietary assessment using data on food intake, biochemical indicators of diet, and measures of body composition and size. The reproducibility and validity of each approach and the implications of measurement error areconsidered in detail. The analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data from epidemiologic studies of diet and disease are explored in depth. Particular attention is paid to the important influence of total energy intake on findings in such studies. To illustrate methodological issues innutritional epidemiology, relationships of dietary factors to the incidence of lung and breast cancer, heart disease, and birth defects are examined in depth. The first edition of Nutritional Epidemiology, published in 1989, was widely praised and quickly established itself as the standard reference in this field. The second edition, published in 1998, added new chapters on the analysis and presentation of dietary data, nutritional surveillance, andfolic acid and neural tube defects. This new edition, in addition to substantial updating of existing chapters, includes new chapters on assessment of physical activity, nutrition and genetic epidemiology, and the role of nutritional epidemiology in policy. This book will benefit epidemiologists,nutritionists, dietitians, policy makers, public health practitioners, oncologists, and cardiovascular and other clinical specialists.

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This text is intended for those who wish to understand the complex relationships between diet and risks of important diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is aimed both at researchers engaged in the unraveling of these complex relationships and at readers of the rapidlymultiplying and often confusing scholarly liter...

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, is the Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199754039

ISBN - 13:9780199754038

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Table of Contents

1. Overview of Nutritional Epidemiology2. Walter C. Willett and Laura Sampson: Foods and Nutrients3. Nature of Variation in Diet4. Tom Baranowski: 24-Hour Recall and Diet Record Methods5. Food Frequency Methods6. Walter Willett and Elizabeth Lenart: Reproducibility and Validity of Food-Frequency Questionnaires7. Recall of Remote Diet8. Rob M. Van Dam and David Hunter: Biochemical Indicators of Dietary Intake9. Walter Willett and Frank Hu: Anthropometric Measures and Body Composition10. Frank Hu: Assessment of Physical Activity in Nutritional Epidemiology11. Implications of Total Energy Intake for Epidemiologic Analyses12. Correction for the Effects of Measurement Error13. Issues in Analysis and Presentation of Dietary Data14. Genetics in Dietary Analyses15. Tim Byers and Rebecca L. Sedjo: Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance16. Policy Applications17. Walter Willett and Graham Colditz: Vitamin A and Lung Cancer18. Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer19. Diet and Coronary Heart Disease20. Walter C. Willett and Elizabeth Lenart: Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects21. Future Research DirectionsIndex