Special Issue "Childhood Obesity: Novel Approaches to a Global Problem"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrew P. Hills
Professor of Allied Health Research – Maternity and Neonatology Mater Mothers’ Hospital; Director – Centre for Nutrition and Exercise, Mater Research; Conjoint Professorial appointment: Griffith Health Institute, Griffith university Aubigny Place, Raymond Terrace South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4101
Website: http://www.griffith.edu.au/health/musculoskeletal-research/staff/andrew-hills
E-Mail: andrew.hills@mater.uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3163 3487
Interests: childhood obesity; body composition assessment; exercise for weight management; physical activity; energy expenditure; nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global levels of obesity in adults have increased to such an extent in recent decades that terms such as ‘epidemic’ and ‘pandemic’ have been used to describe the extent of the problem. Sadly, and irrespective of the definition employed to categorise overweight or obesity, the problem is not limited to adults but an increasing number of infants, children and adolescents are affected. Furthermore, the problem of overweight and obesity and related health conditions including type 2 diabetes are not limited to the developed world but are increasingly problematic in the developing world, particularly in areas experiencing a nutrition and physical activity transition.

To improve the body composition status of future generations, greater attention needs to be paid to better understanding the interplay between lifestyle (eating and activity) behaviours at key stages of the lifespan including pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and the post-partum period for mothers and infancy and early childhood for offspring. Each of these stages provides a potential window of opportunity for interventions to improve nutrition and/or physical activity. The focus of this special issue will be on novel nutrition and physical activity strategies during key life stages to improve body composition and health status of future generations. We welcome a range of contributions including both review and empirical studies that present novel approaches to childhood obesity prevention and management from a global perspective.

Prof. Dr. Andrew P. Hills
Guest Editor


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Published Papers (3 papers)

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 8940-8961; doi:10.3390/ijerph110908940
Received: 31 May 2014; in revised form: 19 August 2014 / Accepted: 20 August 2014 / Published: 28 August 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 5828-5838; doi:10.3390/ijerph110605828
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 22 May 2014 / Accepted: 27 May 2014 / Published: 30 May 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 1834-1843; doi:10.3390/ijerph110201834
Received: 15 November 2013; in revised form: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2014 / Published: 7 February 2014
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Last update: 15 April 2014

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