Special Issue "Exploring the Determinants of Cardiometabolic Diseases in LMICs through a Holistic Perspective"

Special Issue Editor

Dr. COHEN Emmanuel
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Guest Editor
1. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 7206 « Eco-anthropologie », Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Musée de l'Homme, 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France
2. MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
Interests: biocultural studies; holistic anthropology; urbanization; lifestyle transition; migrant populations; public health; wellbeing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the context of the rapid urbanization process in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) that is generating an epidemiological transition, the existing literature has already identified the main socio-ecological determinants of rising cardiometabolic diseases (CDs) in urban areas. Both physical and sociocultural environments can provide exposure to CDs. A greater access to processed high-calorie food and motorized transports favors obesogenic dietary practices and sedentary behaviors, while the traditional social valorization of stoutness and idleness, as symbols of prosperity and peacefulness, leads to obesogenic fattening practices in urban areas. However, the respective and combined contribution of these socio-ecological determinants remain insufficiently explored because most studies did not integrate these potential drivers together in multivariable analyses. Moreover, the pathways predicting CDs between sociodemographic indirect determinants (age, sex, education, urban lifetime duration, etc.) and socio-ecological direct determinants (dietary intake and physical activity) are also rarely explored to study the etiology of CDs. Yet, both respective and cumulative contributions of these drivers, as well as the multiple driver pathways leading to CDs, must be explored to explain the difference in the prevalence and incidence of CDs between LMICs, and better identify at-risk subgroups toward this rising burden. Therefore, this Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) aims to focus on the systemic interactions between drivers of CDs in LMICs, and therefore invites any contribution (all manuscript types: research papers, reviews, case reports, conference papers, commentaries, methodological papers, position papers and brief reports) using holistic and interdisciplinary frameworks to study the determinants of CDs.

Dr. COHEN Emmanuel
Guest Editor

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  • urbanization
  • epidemiological transition
  • cardiometabolic diseases
  • driver pathways
  • systemic interactions
  • multivariable analyses
  • holistic approach
  • LMICs

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