Special Issue "Diet Quality and Human Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2020).
2. CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP). Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), 28029 Madrid, Spain
3. Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria de Granada (ibs.GRANADA), 18012 Granada, Spain
Interests: women health; lifestyle intervention; patient safety
Diet quality is a key determinant of health. The general population are frequently confused by contradictory messages in advertisements and on social media. In addition, the health practitioners are also often misinformed, being influenced by fashionable trends or prominent authors. Recently, we have seen an astonishing recommendation regarding red meat and processed meat consumption, which has generated a strong movement of rejection. In this context, it is time we put an emphasis on the relationship between diet quality and health. As guest editor, I suggest considering every vital human life stage, from birth to the end of life. The quality of one’s diet is related to a lower risk for maternal obstetric and foetal complications, it influences growth and physical and mental development in offspring, contributes to avoiding obesity and metabolically-related diseases, and preserves body functions. The focus should be on the positive effects of diet over health promotion, versus diet-related pathologies. Nevertheless, diet intervention is a very important issue for many diseases’ treatment. From this point of view, diet quality is also a key factor in preventing diseases progression and complications. In addition, it should not be forgotten that to measure and compare diet quality is a controversial issue methodologically. Diet-quality scores have been developed to be adapted to age, nationality, and diet preferences, but without any minimum requirement for nutrients adequacy. In spite of evidence, social changes and food industry work together towards continuously worsening diet quality. Last, but not least, this Special Issue should include a vision for a public health politics, which will positively influence a populations diet quality. It should be able to make healthier eating options cheap and easy for all ages and social scales of people. It is time for action!
Dr. Aurora Bueno-Cavanillas
Dr. Sandra Martin-Pelaez
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- Diet quality
- Nutritional status
- Maternal health
- Infant health
- Child health
- Primary prevention
- Health impact assessment
- Nutrition assessment
- Nutritive value
- Healthy diet
- Healthy people programs