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Definition of nutritional behaviour

“Nutritional behaviour is the entirety of planned, spontaneous or habitual actions of individuals or social groups with which food is procured, prepared, consumed and post-processed. It considers that nutritional behaviour includes both influencing factors as well as effects from the dimensions health, environment, society and economy along the entire product chain of food.”
(Department of Nutritional Behaviour based on Oltersdorf 1984 p 189 and Leonhäuser et al. 2009 p 20)


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