Special Issue "Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle in Adolescents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Dawn K. Wilson

Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Interests: Developing theory-based interventions for health promotion and obesity prevention in ethnic minority adolescents and their families. Her theoretical approach integrates family systems, motivation, and cognitive-behavioral approaches for understanding long-term health behavior change for improving diet and other lifestyle outcomes related to preventing obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in high-risk populations.

Special Issue Information

Stressors such as poverty and economic inequality interfere with adolescents’ capacity to develop healthy dietary habits. Many adolescents consume diets that are high in fat intake and processed sugars, and relatively low in fruits and vegetables, fiber, and essential macronutrients. Thus, this increases their risk for develop life threatening chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease in early adulthood.  These conditions are even more prevalent among adolescents who live in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage and who lack the resources, family support, and environments to promote engagement in healthy lifestyles. This Special Issue takes a close look at the types of programs/interventions and psychosocial influences that may be most likely to promote health dietary intake in adolescents through behavioral lifestyle changes. Past research shows that multiple systems of influence shape adolescents’ capacity for engaging in healthful eating and long-term lifestyles, including motivational strategies, behavioral approaches, positive parenting practices, and socioecological approaches.  Thus, in this Special Issue we highlight a series of papers that are both cross sectional and longitudinal, that build the evidence base to support important behavioral lifestyle approaches for creating long-term dietary improvements in adolescents and especially among those who may be at high risk for health inequities.

Prof. Dr. Dawn K. Wilson
Guest Editor

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.

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  • adolescence
  • nutrition
  • lifestyle
  • dietary intake
  • psychosocial factors
  • interventions
  • dietary behaviour
  • diet modification
  • social factors
  • environmental factors
  • parenting factors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Authors: Dawn K. Wilson, Haylee Loncar, Mary Quattlebaum, Allison Sweeney, Colby Kipp, Asia Brown, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC USA
Title: The Interaction of the Families Improving Together (FIT) for Weight Loss Intervention and Parenting Factors on Family Mealtime and Dietary Outcomes in Overweight African American Adolescents

2. Authors: Mary Quattlebaum, Dawn K. Wilson, Allisom M. Sweeney. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.
Title: Moderating Effects of Parental Feeding Practices and Emotional Eating on Dietary Intake among Overweight African American Adolescents

3. Authors: Hollie Raynor, Suzanne Mazzeo, Jessica LaRose, Laura Thornton, Laura Caccavale, Melanie Bean, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Title: The effect of a high-intensity dietary intervention on changes in dietary intake and eating pathology during a multicomponent adolescent obesity intervention

4. Authors: Bridget Biggs, Dawn K. Wilson, Mary Quattlebaum, Seema Kumar, Alicia Meek, & Theresa Jensen, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USAU, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Title: Motivators for Adolescent Weight Loss, Dietary Habits, and Weight Management Strategies among Adolescents with Obesity

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