The postwar problem of nutritional disease must be considered from two points of view, the general nature and extent of the problem and its scientific and technical aspects. The former will be determined largely by economic, social and political factors and is difficult to gage in advance. The scientific and technical problems can be defined with considerable accuracy.
The general nature and magnitude of the problem will be determined by four factors; first, obviously, the degree and duration of food shortages; second, the number of persons affected; third, the level of nutrition which at that time is considered to represent disease and, fourth, the extent to which responsibility for the nutrition of populations is accepted by responsible agencies.
DEGREE AND DURATION OF FOOD SHORTAGE
To some extent the state of food supplies at the end of the war may be forecast by the present situation. Destruction and diversion of food,
YOUMANS JB. NUTRITIONAL DISEASES AS A POSTWAR PROBLEM. JAMA. 1943;122(1):11–15. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180013004