Special Issue "Diet and Weight Gain"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: young adults; diet patterns; nutrition promotion; food environments; social contexts and food
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Special Issue in Nutrients: Eating Habits and Health among College and University Students
Interests: obesity prevention; women’s health; pregnancy; physical activity; lifestyle change; implementation
Modifiable lifestyle factors, including diet and physical activity, and their impact on obesity present a major public health burden. While weight gain can be a problem at all stages of the lifecycle, younger adults are a high risk group and the weight gain trajectory during this time contributes to the accelerated development of obesity and associated risk factors. Males aged 20 to 24 years experience the highest increases in body mass index each year and young reproductive age women present the population group at highest risk of progressive weight gain. Furthermore:
- Preconception, women are a large, diverse population who do not identify themselves as a distinct high-risk group or at a specific life stage. Coupled with limited research and awareness, over 50% of women are falling pregnant while overweight or obese and there is a need to address modifiable lifestyle factors including optimal diet, physical inactivity and smoking, alcohol and folate consumption.
- Pregnancy presents a critical window for excessive weight gain: 50-60% of women gain above international Institute Of Medicine gestational weight gain (GWG) recommendations with every kilo gained above guidelines linked to ~10% increase in adverse outcomes. Risks are exacerbated in the presence of pre-existing obesity.
- Postpartum, women retain ~2-5kg with excessive GWG a strong predictor for future maternal obesity and offspring impacts are significant: children are three times more likely to develop obesity later in life when the GWG exceeds the guidelines, independent of maternal BMI.
Strategies to generate knowledge and the public health impact for the prevention of weight gain in these critical windows offer potential for major benefits to reproductive, cardio-metabolic and psychological health in young men and women and their families.
This Special Issue of Nutrients welcomes the submission of manuscripts describing either original research, narrative reviews or systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Interventions evaluating diet for improved health outcomes in adolescents and younger adults, especially women of reproductive age
- Nutrition in adolescents, men and reproductive-aged women across preconception, pregnancy and postpartum
- Diet quality of adolescents and adults
- Determinants of poor nutrition in children, adolescents and adults
- Role modelling and nutrition in mothers and fathers
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies of the impact of diet on weight gain and health outcomes in adolescents and adults
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of interventions to optimise diet in chidren, men and women of reproductive age for improved health outcomes.
While there is special interest in younger people, submissions regarding older age groups such as menopausal women are welcome.
Prof. Margaret A. Allman-Farinelli
Dr. Cheryce Harrison
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- Weight gain
- Young adult