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Special Issue "Globalization of Western Food Culture: Impact on Obesity and Food Insecurity"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alice S. Ammerman

Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine; and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stephen B. Thomas

Department of Health Services Administration, School of Public Health and Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Interests: Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert T. Jackson

Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Guest Editor
Mr. David Yates

Children's Healthy Weight Research Group, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue on “Globalization of Western Food Culture: Impact on Obesity and Food Insecurity” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph. 

One of the most profound results of globalization has been the rapid rise in the number of Western-style fast food outlets, brands and marketing around the world. The world’s largest fast food restaurant company, Yum! Brands Inc., operates nearly 38,000 restaurants (including KFC and Pizza Hut) around the world in more than 110 countries and territories, with over 4650 fast food outlets in China alone. Globally, there are more than 33,000 McDonald’s outlets in 119 countries and territories, serving around 68 million customers daily. In parallel with the increasing consumption of fast food, processed food and soft drinks around the world, obesity and type 2 diabetes have become global problems, afflicting countries wealthy and poor. 

The concurrent spread of Western-style fast food and the epidemic of cardio-metabolic related diseases have raised an important public health question: To what extent does the increased consumption of Western-style fast food contribute to cardio-metabolic diseases, disrupt local food culture, add new burdens to health care delivery systems, create new jobs and economic opportunity, and impact food insecurity?

We are inviting academics, food industry researchers and higher degree students conducting research on food and nutrition insecurity in developed countries to submit abstracts for consideration in this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

We especially welcome multi-disciplinary research in the area of food and nutrition security, both quantitative and qualitative including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Agro-industrialization, Globalization, and International Development
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Body Weight and Body Image
  • Community-Based Interventions
  • Country Case Studies
  • Culture and Global Food System
  • Diffusion of Fast Food Outlets Worldwide
  • Economic Development Policy
  • Employment, Poverty, and the Natural Environment
  • Fast Food vs. Consumption of Low-Energy, Nutrient-Dense Foods
  • Food Subsidy Policy
  • Globalization Effects on Agricultural food systems
  • Impact of Marketing Practices on Consumer Food Patterns
  • Local Food Culture
  • Neighborhood Exposure to Supermarkets and Fast Food Outlets
  • Role of Social Media

Prof. Dr. Alice S. Ammerman
Prof. Dr. Stephen B. Thomas
Prof. Dr. Robert T. Jackson
Mr. David Yates
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 bimonthly 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 1800 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.


  • Obesity
  • Food insecurity
  • Cardiometabolic disease
  • Western fast food
  • Processed food
  • Food culture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
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