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Title: The pattern of food and mortality in Belgium
Authors: Joossens, Jozef Victor ×
Brems-Heyns, E
Claes, Jozef Hubert
Graffar, M
Kornitzer, M
Pannier, R
Van Houte, O
Vuylsteek, K
Carlier, J
De Backer, G
Kesteloot, Hugo
Lequime, J
Raes, A
Vastesaeger, M
Verdonk, G #
Issue Date: 21-Apr-1977
Series Title: Lancet vol:1 issue:8021 pages:1069-72
Abstract: Belgians have been gradually shifting from a low ratio of polyunsaturated/saturated fat in their food to a higher one with lower total fat and cholesterol. This has occurred predominantly in the north, where the most obvious change is a decrease in butter consumption and an increase in margarine consumption. The northerners have a four to five times smaller intake of butter than the southerners and nearly double the intake of margarine. Evidence gathered over the past ten years reveals in the north a decreasing serum-cholesterol and in the south a significantly higher serum-cholesterol, associated with higher coronary morbidity and mortality. Life expectancy of males in the north is 2-4 years higher at birth and 2-2 years higher at the age of 30. It is concluded that the food habits of a population can be changed, with great benefit.
ISSN: 0140-6736
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine - miscellaneous
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