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Title: A survey of the diets of 50 Edinburgh families
Author: Watt, Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1940
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There is no subject in modern life, apart perhaps from the daily discussion of the vissicitudes of war, which has evoked so much study within recent times than that of the diets of everyday life. I can safely state that man's interest in food has turned from the purely primittve instinct of satisfaction in eating and necessary bodily requirements to the present study rby analysis of food for the rightful satisfaction of eating with a view to enjoying goof health and with necessary economy. The present day study is borne out in the publication of at least 5,000 scientific papers yearly dealing with some aspect of food requirements, whether as vitamin or mineral requirement, or with a definite bearing on the influence of food on health. Further evidence of the national consciousness in this country in the problem of nutrition, especially as regards the care and healthy development of the body both in its relationship to the individual and indirectly to the nation, was indicated when the Prime Minister in the latter part of 1936 appointed a Committee of the Economic Advisory Council to promote the application in our Colonial Empire of modern knowledge in regard to nutrition. Although a great deal of information is available in various forms and in various publications regarding the amount of foodstuffs produced in and imported into this country, relatively less has been written concerning the amounts of the actual foodstuffs consumed. Z feel there is still insufficient evidence available to help us over one of the biggest problems - that of balancing the consumption of the foods imported with the everyday demand of the housewife. This gap is being gradually diminished but it will take years of patient propaganda in the education of the individual to the realisation of what constitutes a good healthy diet within his or her means and the present diets of today which are directly or indirectly the cause of the greatest proportion of the present ill-health of the human race. The problem is really a question of deciding what a good health- giving diet is and how it differs from present day diets, considering always the factor of family income and expenditure. At present most medical men are agreed, as far as our present day knowledge goes, on what a good health- giving diet consists of, but we are on less secure grounds when we consider the diet of the individual as it is just now. A number of publications have been brought out from time to time and at the present time we await with interest the results of the government's investigation into the diet of 25,000 families at present being analysed, but not yet published. (Ministry of Labour, London, S.W,1. Forms CLI, CLI(Ag.) and CL4.) With a view to studying the present day diets of a section of the population of Edinburgh I have brought together in the papers which follow my dietetic survey of a group of 50 families who are under my care in an Edinburgh general practice. The results I believe will be of interest both as an analysis of the diets of these 50 families as purchased and as eaten. I have also outlined the diets of some families giving the health of these families.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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