Handbook of Famine, Starvation, and Nutrient Deprivation

From Biology to Policy

  • Victor Preedy
  • Vinood B. Patel
Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Faisal Waseem Ismail, Ehsun Naeem
  2. Sofine Heilskov, Christian Vestergaard, Mette Soendergaard Deleuran
  3. Tatsuya Iso, Masahiko Kurabayashi
  4. Albert Pérez-Martí, Pedro F. Marrero, Diego Haro, Joana Relat
  5. David San Martin, Carlos Bald, Marta Cebrian, Bruno Iñarra, Mikel Orive, Saioa Ramos et al.
  6. Teresa Małecka-Massalska, Tomasz Powrózek, Radosław Mlak
  7. Dawd Gashu, Barbara J. Stoecker
  8. Catherine A. Powell, Gabriella Villa, Trevor Holmes, Mahua Choudhury
  9. Simone Angioloni, Allison J. Ames, Glenn C. W. Ames

About this book


This book addresses the causes and effects of nutrient deficiencies along the cell-to-communities continuum. The book is primarily concerned with a lack or deficiency of one or more micro- or macronutrients in connection with malnutrition, under nutrition, and starvation. Embedded within the deficiency states is acute restriction whereby food is withdrawn completely for short periods, as when individuals are adhering to religious requirements or undergoing surgical procedures. Further downstream is the consumption of a fraction of the normal diet, as when individuals are dieting or when there is restriction in the amount or variety of food available. The causes of such reductions in dietary intake are varied and also include the social context of poverty, financial limitations, and famine. Refugees and displaced persons may also be vulnerable to under nutrition or total starvation. Diseases may also impact on the total food consumed, such as when there are physical impediments (intestinal obstruction or dysphagia) or anorexia (induced by organic disease or as a disease process per se, ie, anorexia nervosa). This book, organized as approximately 125 chapters in 17 major sections, covers the variable manifestations of dietary restrictions on cells, whole organs, the individual, and societies. 


famine and starvation malnutrition and under nutrition nutirent deprivation nutritional deficiency nutrition and public health general aspects of famine effects of famine food security and socioeconomic status nutrition and poverty dietary extemism nutritional fads and trends refugees, displacement, and malnutrition medical causes of dietary restrictions anorexia nervosa classifications of starvation and malnutrition kwashiorkor and marasmus Fasting and the individual starvation and the individual molecular effects of starvation modeling nutrition systems in vertebrates and lower organism

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Preedy
    • 1
  • Vinood B. Patel
    • 2
  1. 1.Diabetes & Nutritional Sci Div SchKing's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Clinical BiochemistryUniversity of WestminsterWestminsterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40007-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40007-5