Special Issue "Impact of Nutrition Dietary Patterns on Health and Quality of Life"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Malgorzata Kostecka
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Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology, University of Life Science, ul. Akademicka 15, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
Interests: dietary patterns; complementary feeding; nutrition of infants, children, and adolescents; relationship between nutrition and healthy development of children or quality of life; nutrition knowledge
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Dear Colleagues,

Good nutrition promotes health-related quality of life by averting malnutrition, preventing dietary-deficiency diseases, and promoting the optimal functioning of adults and proper development of children.
A dietary pattern is defined as the quantities, variety, or combination of different foods and beverages in a diet and the frequency with which they are habitually consumed. Healthy dietary habits play an important role in our states of mental and physical health and the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases, in both children and adolescents as well as the elderly. Analyzing dietary patterns can be a simple way to assess the nutritional status and risk of malnutrition in healthy people and people suffering from chronic diseases. Adopting a specific dietary pattern can be a factor that protects health and contributes to a better quality of life or be one of the reasons for becoming ill with lifestyle-related diseases, such as diabetes or obesity.
In this Special Issue of Nutrients, we invite contributions dealing with various aspects of nutrition and dietary patterns in relation to the healthy development of children, adolescents, and adults or quality of life, including—but not limited to—papers on nutrition knowledge and nutrition in diseases of civilization, the influence of diet on the development of excess body weight, and analyses of dietary patterns in different age groups compared to population recommendations. We welcome original research articles (clinical, translational, or basic research), as well as meta-analyses and reviews.

Dr. Malgorzata Kostecka
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Dietary patterns
  • Nutrition
  • Quality of life
  • Healthy eating
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Proper development of children

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Analysis of Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Oral Health in a Patient Sample at the Dental Hospital of the University of Barcelona
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7488; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147488 - 14 Jul 2021
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The association between general health and oral health has been studied over recent years. In order to evaluate the lifestyle and the presence of healthy habits, a descriptive observational study was conducted from December 2018 to April 2019 with 230 patients, aged from [...] Read more.
The association between general health and oral health has been studied over recent years. In order to evaluate the lifestyle and the presence of healthy habits, a descriptive observational study was conducted from December 2018 to April 2019 with 230 patients, aged from 18 to 65 years old, that attended the Dental Hospital of the University of Barcelona for the first time. A total of 230 participants were considered, 98 (43%) were men and 132 (57%) were women, with a mean age of 37 years old. Our hypothesis was that patients with healthy habits had a better oral status in comparison with patients with bad lifestyle habits. No statistically significant results were found regarding oral hygiene between gender, smokers and patients with systemic pathology. Regarding a healthy lifestyle (High adherence to dietary intake), no statistically significant results were found. No significant differences were found regarding physical activity between male and female patients. Our hypothesis wasn’t confirmed; therefore, we cannot conclude that patients with healthy habits have better oral status in comparison with patients with bad lifestyle habits. Consequently, more prospective longitudinal studies should be carried out. Full article
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Effects of the Head Start Program on Socioecological Obesogenic Factors in American Children
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4779; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094779 - 29 Apr 2021
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Head Start is a nationwide developmental program for low-income families. This study aimed to investigate the association between the Head Start program and children’s BMI status, as well as their quality of life with respect to socioecological obesogenic factors. This cross-sectional study employed [...] Read more.
Head Start is a nationwide developmental program for low-income families. This study aimed to investigate the association between the Head Start program and children’s BMI status, as well as their quality of life with respect to socioecological obesogenic factors. This cross-sectional study employed the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten cohort (ECLS-K) in which the data were collected in 2007 and analyzed in 2019. Propensity-score matching analysis was performed to examine the association between the Head Start program and children’s BMI status, as well as the quality of life, controlling for socioecological obesogenic factors. A total of 3753 children (representing 1,284,209 at the population level) were recruited in this study (mean age: 13.69 years; girls: 49.42%). In the final matched model, the program did not have a statistically significant effect on children’s obesity. Fewer African American children participated in school-sponsored activities, perceived themselves as overweight, lived in a household with fewer family members, had less strict TV regulations, and were more likely to be overweight than their counterparts. Outcomes suggest that multiple dimensions of sociological obesogenic factors including individual, parental, familial, and community support factors affect the weight of children from low-income families and should be considered when establishing behavioral and policy interventions to thwart the childhood obesity epidemic. Full article
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