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Special Issue "Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 239

Special Issue Editor

School of Nutrition, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador 40110-150, Brazil
Interests: obesity; childhood obesity; nutritional epidemiology; public health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nutritional epidemiology evaluates the relationship between diet and health in human populations. Malnutrition, defined as nutritional deficiencies or excesses, includes undernutrition, micronutrient-related malnutrition, and overweight, obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this group of conditions affects an important part of the population. Almost 2 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 462 million are underweight. In 2020, 194 million children under 5 were estimated to have some form of undernutrition, and 38.9 million of them were overweight or obese. Inadequacies in the intake of micronutrients are also an important malnutrition problem, with iodine, vitamin A, and iron being the major deficiencies worldwide, particularly for children and pregnant women. Unhealthy diets and poor nutrition are among the top risk factors for these conditions. Studies evaluating the relationship between diet and disease raise methodological challenges that are considerably more complicated than in most epidemiological research fields. Since diet is not a single exposure, but rather a complex set of many correlated variables that suffer from considerable measurement error, methodological approaches considering the between-person and intra-person variation in diet are necessary to better understand these relationships. Thus, taking into account that the impacts of the global burden of malnutrition on individuals and their families, communities, and countries are serious and lasting, becoming an important public health problem, carrying out research in this field is an urgent need and can contribute to improving the evidence about the relationship between diet and illness. Developing strategies for reducing the risk factors that predispose the population to the different forms of malnutrition is crucial for decreasing the full impact of this condition.

This Special Issue entitled “Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health” is open to the subject area of diet and nutrition. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Dr. Priscila Ribas de Farias Costa
Guest Editor

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  • nutritional status
  • malnutrition
  • overweight
  • obesity
  • diet surveys
  • epidemiology
  • public health
  • dietary pattern
  • diet, food, and nutrition

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