The Women's Health Initiative. What is on trial: nutrition and chronic disease? Or misinterpreted science, media havoc and the sound of silence from peers?

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Title The Women's Health Initiative. What is on trial: nutrition and chronic disease? Or misinterpreted science, media havoc and the sound of silence from peers?
Author Lissner, Lauren; Majem, Lluis Serra; Almeida, Maria Daniel Vaz de; Berg, Christina; Hughes, Roger Michael; Cannon, Geoffrey; Thorsdottir, Inga; Kearney, John; Gustafsson, Jan-Åke; Rafter, Joseph; Elmadfa, Ibrahim; Kennedy, Nick
Journal Name Public Health Nutrition
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract The first results of the Women's Health Initiative dietary intervention trial were published in the USA in February. This is a colossal intervention designed to see if diets lower in fat and higher in fruits, vegetables and grains than is usual in high-income countries reduce the incidence of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases, in women aged 50–79 years. As interpreted by US government media releases, the results were unimpressive. As interpreted by a global media blitz, the results indicate that food and nutrition has little or nothing to do with health and disease. But the trial was in key respects not reaching its aims, was methodologically controversial, and in any case has not produced the reported null results. What should the public health nutrition profession do about such messes?
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHN
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PHN2006952
Volume 9
Issue Number 2
Page from 269
Page to 272
ISSN 1368-9800
Date Accessioned 2009-11-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Nutrition and Dietetics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27760
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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