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A Call for Action to Address the Root Causes of Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities

      Many diet-related chronic diseases disproportionately impact racial/ethnic minority populations, resulting in a higher prevalence of obesity, hypertension, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease. Consequently, dietitians, nutrition professionals, and food and nutrition practitioners practicing in all sectors—from clinical settings to the food industry, to community nutrition, and nutrition research and advocacy—play an important role in addressing racial/ethnic disparities in diet-related chronic diseases.
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      A. Brown is the past chair, National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.


      K. Burt is an assistant professor, Dietetics, Foods & Nutrition Program, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY.


      E. Campbell is a senior director, Legislative and Government Affairs, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.


      C. Doby is a manager, Policy and Advocacy Communications, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.