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Special Issue "Nutrition, Diets and Public Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. med. Cem Ekmekcioglu

Department of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, A-1090 Austria
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Interests: nutritional physiology; public health nutrition; evidence-based medicine; chronobiology
Guest Editor
Assist. Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Rust

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: nutrition throughout the lifecycle; nutrition monitoring; public health nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The cornerstones for good health are, primarily: Engaging in regular physical activity, not smoking and practicing a health-promoting eating pattern. Healthy nutrition and maintaining a normal body weight are very important for reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus and certain cancers, in front those of the gut. On the other hand, several observational studies and meta-analyses have consistently shown that, for example, a high intake of red and processed meat can significantly increase the risk for these non-communicable diseases. In addition, not only too much, but also too little, e.g., an insufficient intake of certain food (groups), like vegetables and fruits, and essential nutrients, are well known to adversely impact our health. Therefore, humans should follow a balanced diet to ensure the adequate intake of health-promoting food components and, at the same time, avoid energy-dense and nutrient-poor foodstuff.

For this Special Issue on “Nutrition, Diets and Public Health,” we are interested in original research and all kinds of review articles studying or summarizing the effects and importance of nutrition on human health. The focus lies on human studies, with basic science investigations only welcomed if they are part of a human/clinical study. The topics we are interested are broad and include food, macronutrients or micronutrients and human health, the relationship between eating behaviors and chronic diseases, methods and efforts to improve healthy eating, nutritional assessments of food and nutrient intakes, human obesity, nutrition in the different stages of life, and, of course, highly up-to-date topics like salt, fructose or vitamin D and health.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. med. Cem Ekmekcioglu
Assist. Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Rust
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • nutrition
  • diet
  • food
  • nutrients
  • public health nutrition
  • chronic diseases
  • obesity
  • epidemiology
  • human studies
  • nutritional assessment
  • epigenetics

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Open AccessArticle To Buy or Not to Buy? Consumer Attitudes and Purchase Intentions for Suboptimal Food
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1431; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071431
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
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Food system and food safety have drawn spontaneous global attention due to the effect of substantial environmental concerns. Three billion tons of food are wasted every year, estimated as being a third of all produced food. The production of much of this waste
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Food system and food safety have drawn spontaneous global attention due to the effect of substantial environmental concerns. Three billion tons of food are wasted every year, estimated as being a third of all produced food. The production of much of this waste is directly linked to the unwillingness to sell, purchase, and consume suboptimal food that have deviated from regular products in terms of appearance standards, date labeling, or damaged packaging. Yet empirical research on this issue is scarce. This study aims to develop an extended Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) research model, which includes environmental concern and sensory appeal to predict consumers’ purchase intention to suboptimal foods. A total of 539 respondents collected in Taiwan as data input. The empirical results of structural equation modeling (SEM) indicate that consumers’ attitude was the main predictor of their intention to purchase suboptimal foods. Interestingly, this research showed that both perceived behavioral control and subjective norms were not significant predictors of intention. Furthermore, adding environmental concern and sensory appeal as the additional constructs to the TPB significantly increased the explanatory power of the standard model. These findings provide important insights for suboptimal food and useful recommendations for marketing channels, suggesting that promotion of suboptimal food may be the key to potential business. Full article
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