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date: 24 July 2019

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Food, water, and nutrition are fundamental components of public health. Though the need for food and water is essential, the conceptual and practical applications for food, nutrition, and water are rife with ethical implications. This chapter provides an overview of the ethics of food, water, and nutrition, one of the areas of focus in The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, and it introduces the chapters in the related section of this volume that examine the ethics of water security, malnutrition, and obesity prevention. One of society’s major challenges is providing enough nutritious food and water for the planet’s growing population in an environmentally sustainable way, a concern that is reflected by the authors’ focus on justice, equity, and fairness for humanity and the planet alike.

Keywords: malnutrition, water, obesity, public health ethics, justice, equity, food, nutrition

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