Special Issue "Innovations in Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Prevention and Treatment"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Obesity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pilar De Miguel-Etayo
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Guest Editor
1. Universidad de Zaragoza, GENUD (Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development) Research group, Zaragoza, Spain
2. Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y la Nutrición (CIBERObn), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Interests: type 2 diabetes; mellitus; obesity; nutrition; epidemiology; public health; body composition; healthy lifestyle
Dr. Maïté Verloigne
Guest Editor
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Interests: Intervention; parents; school; environment; dietary intake; energy expenditure; sleep; physical activity; sedentary behavior; behavioral change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a high prevalence of childhood and adolescent obesity, which is associated with adverse health consequences in both the short and long term. There are many factors which contribute to obesity development, including genetics, physiology, and a positive energy balance as the result of high energy intake and low energy expenditure. Therefore, childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs should ideally (a) involve a combination of lifestyle changes including strategies to reduce energy intake, improve dietary patterns, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary behavior, (b) target multiple levels (family, school and community), and (c) change the most important determinants associated with lifestyle behaviors. Many efforts have already been made to prevent and treat obesity in children and adolescents, and in some countries, the prevalence rates are plateauing; however, it still remains an important global public health concern. Therefore, innovative strategies are needed to tackle this health problem.

The aim of this Special Issue is to update knowledge on strategies to prevent and treat obesity in children and adolescents. We are particularly interested in the use of innovative approaches and welcome submissions that focus on one or more lifestyle behaviors (e.g., dietary behavior, physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep) that focus on determinants of lifestyle behaviors and that focus on the family, school, and/or community setting. We welcome different types of manuscript submissions, including original research articles, short communications, and up-to-date reviews (systematic reviews and meta-analyses).

Dr. Pilar De Miguel-Etayo
Dr. Maïté Verloigne
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 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.


  • Intervention
  • parents
  • school
  • environment
  • dietary intake
  • energy expenditure
  • sleep
  • physical activity
  • sedentary behavior
  • behavioral change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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