Special Issue "The Nutrition Transition and Physical Inactivity and Health Outcomes thereof in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: From Preconception to Adulthood"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: dietary methodology; non-communicable diseases; type 2 diabetes; obesity and the double burden of malnutrition
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Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Challenges Faced by Adolescents and Youth in Order to Deal with the Increasing Tisk of Obesity and the Growing Epidemic of Non-communicable Diseases
Interests: dietary intake; obesity; behaviour change intervention design for weight management
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Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are major causes of mortality, with cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes being the most prolific. Almost 40 million people die annually from NCDs, with an estimated 80% of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries. However, most of these diseases can be prevented through limiting exposure to the known shared risk factors such as unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol.
The underlying drivers of the shift in dietary patterns (nutrition transition) and physical inactivity have been well described by Popkin. The first of these is technology which includes both labor-saving equipment, transport options, increased leisure activities, and food technology in the broadest sense. Urbanization has greatly accelerated in the past century and has resulted in greater access to a greater variety of foods, including processed foods, frequently at the expense of a traditional healthier diet. A shift in income per capita has also resulted in the price of food decreasing exponentially and there has been an enormous expansion of global trade, which makes access to modern technology available on a very large scale.
Another feature of the nutrition transition is the double burden of disease, both over- and undernutrition co-exist. Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), for example, have both a high prevalence of stunting in children and of overweight and obesity in mothers. Obesity in children has also increased globally in the past decade. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, who in turn appear to be more at risk of developing chronic NCDs in later life.
In recognition of the magnitude of the increasing challenges of the nutrition transition coupled with increased physical inactivity levels in developing countries the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health devotes this Special Issue to recent findings in “The Nutrition Transition and Physical Inactivity and the Health Outcomes thereof in Low- and Middle-Income countries: From Preconception to Adulthood”.
You are invited to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication in this Special Issue. We will particularly welcome submissions from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Emeritus Prof. Nelia Steyn
Prof. Dr. Marjanne Senekal
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