Dietary Surveys and Nutritional Epidemiology—2nd Edition

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition Methodology & Assessment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 904

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1. Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health, and Leisure (CIAFEL), Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
2. Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health, 4050-600 Porto, Portugal
3. School of Life Sciences and Environment, University of Trás-os-Montes, and Alto Douro (UTAD), 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: nutrition; dietary patterns; nutritional epidemiology; obesity; diet assessment; dietary surveys
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1. Coimbra Health School (ESTeSC), Polytechnic University of Coimbra, 3045-093 Coimbra, Portugal
2. GreenUPorto—Sustainable Agrifood Production Research Centre, 4200-465 Vairão, Portugal
3. Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: nutrition; dietary patterns; dietary surveys; sustainable diets; food classification; food waste; school meals; food consumption
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Dear Colleagues,

Nutritional epidemiology is a field of study that investigates how dieting affects human health and the occurrence of disease. A broad range of epidemiological methods, such as questionnaires and biochemical indicators, have been used to assess dieting in different ways. These methods include evaluating macronutrient and micronutrient composition, food items and groups, food indexes, eating behaviours, and dietary patterns. It is important to note that due to the nature and complexity of diets, no single method can accurately estimate dietary intake. However, assessing dietary intake is crucial to understanding the role of dieting in human health. Consequently, dietary surveys have been extensively used in nutritional research studies to gather information on the eating habits of individuals or groups. Ultimately, the findings from these surveys can contribute to the development of policies and programs aimed at promoting healthy eating and improving overall health.

Despite the progress made in developing better methods in recent years, there is still a need for methods that contribute to the improved measurement and monitoring of healthy diets. This could involve integrating innovative technology or implementing rapid and feasible metrics.

Considering the success of the previous Special Issue entitled "Dietary Surveys and Nutritional Epidemiology", we are pleased to announce that we are launching a second Special Issue on this topic. Potential topics for this Special Issue include the development and validation of methods; the characterization of dietary and nutritional factors; or the association between adherence and dietary patterns, and between diet adequacy and nutritional adequacy, using novel dietary methods, as well as their relationship to human health.

Dr. Sandra Abreu
Dr. Margarida Liz Martins
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  • dietary metrics
  • diet assessment
  • nutrition surveys
  • validity
  • food intake
  • nutrient intake
  • diet adequacy
  • nutrition

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Adherence to the Planetary Health Diet and Its Association with Diet Quality in the Young Adult Population of Türkiye: A Large Cross-Sectional Study
by Hande Mortaş, Semra Navruz-Varlı and Saniye Bilici
Nutrients 2024, 16(6), 868; - 17 Mar 2024
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To advance both human health and environmental sustainability, it’s crucial to assess the adaptation to new dietary trends emerging in this field. This study aimed to explore the relationship between diet quality and the principles of planetary health diet in young adults studying [...] Read more.
To advance both human health and environmental sustainability, it’s crucial to assess the adaptation to new dietary trends emerging in this field. This study aimed to explore the relationship between diet quality and the principles of planetary health diet in young adults studying at university. This cross-sectional study consisted of 945 young adults with a mean age of 20.1 ± 1.34 y (582 females, 363 males). A questionnaire form containing socio-demographic information (age, gender, education level), anthropometric measurements (body weight and height), and a 24 h dietary record form for three consecutive days was applied. The scores of the Planetary Health Diet Index (PHDI) and the Healthy Eating Index-2020 (HEI-2020) were calculated according to the dietary records. The mean total scores of the PHDI and HEI-2020 were 59.9 ± 14.16 and 54.2 ± 10.87, respectively. The association between the HEI-2020 score and the PHDI score was significant (p = 0.003). A one-unit increase in the unadjusted HEI-2020 score caused a 0.429 unit decrease in the PHDI score (95% CI: −0.709; −0.149). The findings underscore the imperative for targeted interventions and educational programs to enhance the PHDI and HEI-2020 scores, promoting individual well-being and environmental sustainability in the university. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dietary Surveys and Nutritional Epidemiology—2nd Edition)
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