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Invited Commentary
April 22, 2019

Food Is Medicine—The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Food and Nutrition Into Health Care

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  • 1Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(6):793-795. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0184

Diet-related diseases produce crushing health and economic burdens. The estimated US costs of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity-related cancers, and other obesity-related conditions are approximately $1.72 trillion per year,1 or 9.3% of the gross domestic product. This burden creates tremendous stress on government budgets, private businesses, and families. Marginalized groups often suffer most, with significant disparities in both diet and health leading to illness, suboptimal school and work performance, increased health costs, and lower productivity and wages.

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