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The misuse of euphemisms in public health: the case of “food insecurity”
  1. Luis David Castiel
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Luis David Castiel
 Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Rua Paula Freitas 100/101, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil;

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We can assume that public health tends to suffer a kind of primordial tension between the individual and collective levels of organisation, which can manifest itself in different ways and demand distinct treatments. The issue is known to affect the risk of fallacies (aggregative or atomistic/ecological) when you attempt to study aspects pertaining to individuals or societies and moves back and forth between these levels of organisation. In this process, the terrible individual experience of hunger is over-attenuated and “transformed” …

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