Journal Article

Holding No-one Back: The Nutrition Equity Framework in Theory and Practice

Published on 1 March 2022

Equity remains poorly conceptualised in current nutrition frameworks and policy approaches. We draw on existing literatures to present a novel Nutrition Equity Framework (NEF) that can be used to identify priorities for nutrition research and action. The framework illustrates how social and political processes structure the food, health and care environments most important to nutrition. Central to the framework are processes of unfairness, injustice and exclusion as the engine of nutrition inequity across place, time and generations, ultimately influencing both nutritional status and people’s space to act.

The NEF illustrates conceptually how action on the socio-political determinants of nutrition is the most fundamental and sustainable way of improving nutrition equity for everyone everywhere, through ‘equity-sensitive nutrition’. Efforts must ensure, in the words of the Sustainable Development Goals, that not only is “no one left behind” but also that the inequities and injustices we describe do not hold anyone back from realising their right to healthy diets and good nutrition.

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Nisbett, N.; Harris, J.; Backholer, K.; Baker, P.; Blue Bird Jernigan, V. and Friel, S. (2022) 'Holding No-one Back: The Nutrition Equity Framework in Theory and Practice', Global Food Security, Volume 32, 2022, 100605, DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100605


Nicholas Nisbett

Research Fellow

Jody Harris

Honorary Associate

Kathryn Backholer
Philip Baker
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan
Sharon Friel

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