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Innovative Research on Obesity Prevention in Life Cycle

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2022) | Viewed by 5680

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1. Sydney School of Public Health, Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
2. Population Health Research & Evaluation Hub, Sydney Local Health District, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
3. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH), University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
4. Sydney Institute for Women, Children and Their Families, Sydney Local Health District, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
Interests: clinical trials and practices in obesity and diabetes prevention; translational research focused on translating research evidence into practice; research methodologies including epidemiology, statistics, and quantitative research; application of clinical trial design for evaluating complex prevention programs; telehealth and digital health in obesity prevention
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Dear Colleagues,

We are editing a Special Issue on Innovative Research on Obesity Prevention in Life Cycle in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the multidisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health, with an impact factor of 3.4. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph

Globally, the increasing prevalence of obesity is a major public health concern associated with a number of well-known, significant long-term health consequences including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoarthritis, as well as an increased risk of developing certain cancers. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the obesity situation worse due to decreased physical activity and increased consumption of junk food as a result of the lockdowns. The consequences of obesity not only impact population health, but also create enormous socio-economic burdens. It is critical to find effective obesity prevention strategies for all life stages in order to tackle the obesity epidemic. It has become evident that obesity prevention requires an approach considering all stages of life from pre-birth, birth, infancy, childhood to adolescence, and adulthood. There is an urgent need for innovative research on obesity prevention throughout the lifespan, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Therefore, this Special Issue invites investigators to contribute original manuscripts that address the innovative research on obesity prevention in all stages of life, exploring potential knowledge gaps in obesity prevention research, and identifying effective programs or strategies to prevent obesity in particular, using new technology such as digital approaches or machine learning techniques. We also welcome other clinical research articles (e.g., clinical trials, case–control studies, case studies) or review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand obesity prevention and research innovation.

Prof. Dr. Li Ming Wen
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • overweight and obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • prevention
  • life cycle
  • clinical trial
  • machine learning
  • digital health
  • epidemiology
  • mechanism
  • innovative research and translational research

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Development of an Ingestible Expandable Capsule for Weight Loss
by Xingyu Liu, Yeung Wu, Chang Liu, Kaiqi Chen and Hans Gregersen
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(24), 16821; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192416821 - 15 Dec 2022
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Obesity has grown to epidemic proportions with 2.1 billion people being overweight worldwide. A food-grade expandable capsule named EndoXpand for the treatment of overweight people was designed and developed in this study. EndoXpand consists of an inner expandable material (core), an embracing membrane, [...] Read more.
Obesity has grown to epidemic proportions with 2.1 billion people being overweight worldwide. A food-grade expandable capsule named EndoXpand for the treatment of overweight people was designed and developed in this study. EndoXpand consists of an inner expandable material (core), an embracing membrane, and a gelatin capsule shell. It is designed to occupy volume in the stomach and reduce hunger sensation. The occupied volume is changeable over time, dependent on the number of ingested capsules and their degradation time. This will avoid gastric accommodation to constant volume devices as seen in the use of intragastric balloons. Several materials were tested. Collagen casing was selected as the membrane and corn silk was used to tie the membrane. Dried black fungus (Auricularia auricula) was the biological material that expanded most. However, synthesized cellulose-based hydrogel expanded more and was chosen as the optimal expandable core material. The hydrogel-based EndoXpand expanded 72 times after soaking in an acidic environment for 80 min. The corn silk ligations weakened and broke after 3 h. This resulted in release of the expanded material that was designed to easily pass the pylorus and travel down the intestine for digestion or excretion. In conclusion, this study provides design and in vitro proof-of-technology data for a potential groundbreaking approach. Further studies are needed in animal models and human phase I studies. Full article
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Breakfast Skipping among a Multi-Ethnic Population of Young Men and Relationship with Sociodemographic Determinants and Weight Status
by Jozaa Z. AlTamimi, Naseem M. Alshwaiyat, Hana Alkhalidy, Nora A. AlFaris, Nora M. AlKehayez and Reham I. Alagal
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2903; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052903 - 2 Mar 2022
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Breakfast skipping is linked with obesity incidence. This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of breakfast skipping among a multi-ethnic population of young men residing in Saudi Arabia and its relationship with sociodemographic determinants and weight status. A total of 3600 young [...] Read more.
Breakfast skipping is linked with obesity incidence. This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of breakfast skipping among a multi-ethnic population of young men residing in Saudi Arabia and its relationship with sociodemographic determinants and weight status. A total of 3600 young men aged 20 to 35 years and living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were involved in this cross-sectional study. Sociodemographic determinants and breakfast-consumption frequency were collected from subjects by personal interviews. This study defines breakfast skipping as skipping breakfast at least one day per week. Weight and height were measured following standardized methods. The prevalence of breakfast skipping was observed among 52.8% of the study subjects. Nationality was a predictor of breakfast skipping, with the lowest and highest rates of breakfast skipping reported among young men from Bangladesh (14.0%) and Saudi Arabia (86.5%), respectively. Weight status was another predictor of breakfast skipping, as the mean body mass index for breakfast skippers (25.4 kg/m2) was significantly (p-value < 0.001) higher than that for breakfast consumers (24.8 kg/m2). Overweight/obese subjects have a significantly higher rate of breakfast skipping (56.9%) than underweight/normal weight subjects (48.9%). In conclusion, breakfast skipping prevalence is relatively high among young men residing in Saudi Arabia. The findings confirm a relationship between breakfast skipping and sociodemographic determinants and weight status. Full article
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