Community-Based Strategies for Obesity Prevention: A Nutritional Perspective

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 August 2024 | Viewed by 962

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Spanish Society of Community Nutrition, Royal Academy of Medicine of the Basque Country, 48008 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: public health nutrition; obesity; food habits; food-based dietary guidelines; human nutrition and health; diet and health; lifestyle interventions
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Dear Colleagues,

Obesity is a major public health issue, and although its prevalence is stabilizing in many countries, in some studies uneven data have been observed and increasing trends still continue to be reported.

Living with overweight or obesity increases an individual’s risk of non-communicable diseases, which are often more frequently observed as BMI increases. Excess adiposity is also related to increased mortality and is an important risk factor for disability.

Evidence suggests that strategies to prevent overweight should include multiple approaches, target specific population groups, and consider life-cycle stages as well as the different determinants of obesity. Long-term global strategies play an important role in creating supportive environments that facilitate change.

The retail food environment is implicated in obesity and cardiometabolic disease risk. However, further investigations are needed to better understand the complex relationships between exposure and obesity-related outcomes, including regional differences in the affordability, proximity, and availability of food products; relationships between food advertising and obesity-related outcomes; and individual characteristics that might moderate the associations observed at broader levels (e.g., inhibitory control, health literacy, and food values).

While substantial focus has been placed on individual-level obesity prevention and management strategies through diet and lifestyle, increased attention to population- and community-level approaches is also urgently needed.

This Special Issue of Nutrients encourages the submission of original qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies based on interventions, programs, practices, and policies aimed to prevent overweight and obesity, particularly those considering community-based strategies and life-cycle approaches. Submissions that target population- and community-level approaches to prevent or manage obesity via considerations of food access and exposure, through observational studies, interventional studies, review articles, and commentaries, are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Carmen Pérez-Rodrigo
Prof. Dr. Javier Aranceta-Bartrina
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  • overweight
  • obesity
  • prevention
  • community-based intervention
  • life cycle
  • inequalities
  • supportive environment
  • dietary patterns
  • lifestyles

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Systematic Review
Assessing the Healthfulness of University Food Environments: A Systematic Review of Methods and Tools
by Alicia Anne Dahl, Stacy M. Fandetti, Lilian O. Ademu, Ryan Harris and Elizabeth F. Racine
Nutrients 2024, 16(10), 1426; - 9 May 2024
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The availability, promotion, and price of healthy foods within the university food environment may impact students’ dietary choices. This systematic review summarizes the tools and methods used to assess the healthfulness of university food environments where many students spend a significant portion of [...] Read more.
The availability, promotion, and price of healthy foods within the university food environment may impact students’ dietary choices. This systematic review summarizes the tools and methods used to assess the healthfulness of university food environments where many students spend a significant portion of their emerging adulthood. Thirty-six global studies published between 2012 and 2022 were sourced from PubMed (NNLM), Cochrane Library (Wiley), Web of Science (Clarivate), APA PsycInfo (EBSCO), CINHAL Complete (EBSCO), ProQuest Nursing, and Allied Health, following PRISMA 2020 guidelines. Of the included studies, 58% were institutional-level audits, 17% examined individual-level perceptions, and 25% combined both. Most institutional-level audits focused on one aspect of the food environment (e.g., eateries, vending machines). For studies examining multiple spaces within the campus environment (38%), comprehensive assessments were limited, and most studies had to employ a combination of assessment tools. Surveys were most often used to gather individual perceptions about the food environment. The Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) was the most commonly used tool across all studies. This review highlights the need for a standardized tool, method, or a “healthy” benchmark for specific use at universities to improve methodological rigor and comparability of findings across institutions. Full article
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