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Special Issue "Nutrition and Dietary Intake for Anthropometry and Body Mass Index"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2019).
Interests: anthropometry and body composition assessments on infants, children and adults; body image; public health nutrition
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Interests: infant nutrition, antenatal nutrition, public health nutrition and epidemiology
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Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Breastfeeding and Infant Health
Special Issue in Nutrients: Nutrients in Infancy
Dietary intake with adequate energy and nutrients is essential for optimal growth, development, metabolism, physiological function, and overall health and wellbeing. However, for many individuals and populations, the achievement of optimal nutrition is challenging, particularly in the context of significant global public health concerns of under- and over-nutrition. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that more than 1.9 billion adults above 18 years of age worldwide were overweight or obese in 2016. The obesity epidemic is also affecting people of all ages with an estimated 41 million children under the age of 5 being overweight or obese while at the same time 155 million children are stunted. A further challenge in many settings is the number of individuals, particularly adolescents and young adults, who are predisposed to eating disorders. Infants and young children (particularly during the first 1000 days after conception) are vulnerable to malnutrition, which substantially increases morbidity and mortality. Malnutrition is associated with poor growth, lower physiological and cognitive function, and predisposition to chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM), later in life. The causes of malnutrition are multifactorial and while the prevalence has dropped substantially worldwide there are still many vulnerable populations. Added complexities, including climate change, contribute a range of new challenges to maintain and improve the nutritional status of populations using agricultural and marine resources in a sustainable way. Development and maintenance of optimal body composition are central to reducing morbidity and mortality; however, crude approaches are commonly used to predict body composition or its components. Regular monitoring of body weight (and calculation of body mass index (BMI)) is a simple option regarding nutritional assessment. However, weight and height are anthropometric measures as opposed to body composition approaches per se. An ongoing challenge is to evaluate the size, shape, and composition of the human body using various anthropometric approaches, particularly where access to affordable body composition techniques is limited. This Special Issue covers a broad range of topics to better understand nutrition and dietary intake and the relationship with anthropometric indices (including BMI) and body composition assessment approaches.
Assoc. Prof. Masaharu Kagawa
Prof. Colin W. Binns
Prof. Andrew P. Hills
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. Nutrients 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 2000 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.
- dietary intakes
- maternal health
- body composition
- public health