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Food Shortages During World War II: Can We Learn From This Experience?

Berdanier, Carolyn D. PhD

History of Food

During World War II, food rationing was a challenge to the homemakers both in Britain and the United States. The governments of both countries tried to help. There were some unexpected health benefits, which included a reduction in obesity and new cases of type 2 diabetes. There are some lessons that can be learned from this experience

A look at how Americans coped during difficult wartime conditions, and lessons for today

Carolyn D. Berdanier, PhD, is Professor Emerita at the University of Georgia, Watkinsville, Ga.

Correspondence: Carolyn D. Berdanier, PhD, University of Georgia, 1050 Simonton Way, Watkinsville, GA 30677 (e-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.