Effect of Diet Quality and Physical Activity on Childhood Obesity

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 126

Special Issue Editors

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1. EPIUnit—Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (ISPUP), University of Porto, Rua das Taipas, 4050-600 Porto, Portugal
2. ITR—Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health, University of Porto, Rua das Taipas, 4050-600 Porto, Portugal
Interests: childhood obesity; physical activity; public health; nutritional epidemiology; nutrition assessment

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Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Interests: physical activity and dietary patterns among children and youth; health disparities; obesity prevention; cognitive and cardiometabolic health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global obesity epidemic affects over 1.9 billion adults and 340 million children, costing an estimated USD 432 billion by 2035. The increasing prevalence of obesity and related cardiometabolic complications poses a public health challenge. Particularly alarming is pediatric obesity, with enduring consequences into adulthood, as well as the development of chronic health conditions. Modifiable risk factors like diet and physical activity offer significant potential for clinical and population benefits.

Childhood is a period of great physiological transformations with high nutrition requirements for growth. Therefore, unhealthy eating habits acquired during this period can be very harmful to future health. Healthy eating and increased physical activity have been extensively studied and recognized as pivotal for public health. A better understanding of diet as a whole, as well as different dimensions of physical activity and its malleability, could aid in establishing more effective interventions targeting obesity.

This Special Issue invites original research and (systematic) review/meta-analysis exploring diverse methods of measuring diet quality (e.g., healthy eating patterns, food processing classification, sustainable diets, Mediterranean diet, meal patterns, etc.), either independently or in conjunction with various physical activity dimensions (such as active physical activity, sedentary activities, screen time, and sleep). The focus will be on longitudinal observational or intervention studies to provide meaningful evidence.

Dr. Sofia Vilela
Dr. Jennifer Sacheck
Guest Editors

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  • diet quality
  • healthy diet
  • eating patterns
  • meal patterns
  • physical activity
  • sedentary activities
  • sleep
  • pediatric age
  • obesity

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