Special Issue "Food Consumption and Health Issue"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Katherine Isselmann DiSantis
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Guest Editor
College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Interests: childhood obesity prevention; health equity; family food purchasing; food access and availability; racially and ethnically targeted food marketing; school nutritional policy; infant feeding behaviors; breastfeeding
Dr. Kristie J. Lancaster
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Nutrition & Food Studies, New York University, 411 Lafayette St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003, USA
Interests: cultural; psychosocial; and environmental influences on dietary influences on dietary behaviors that affect hypertension; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; and obesity in vulnerable communities
Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow
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Assistant Guest Editor
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, 2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Interests: black feminism; womanism and women's and gender studies; black women's health; women's health and maternal and child health; community-based interventions; health inequities; health policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food consumption impacts many aspects of health, particularly those related to chronic disease risk and management. Food consumption is influenced by factors at the policy, community, family and individual level. This complexity requires continued study in order to capitalize on the ways that food consumption can promote health across the lifespan as well as how it can prevent or improve management of disease.

In this Special Issue of IJERPH, we encourage the submission of manuscripts (both original research and review articles) related to the factors that affect food consumption across varying populations and impacts of varying aspects of food consumption (e.g., macronutrient variation, eating behaviors, caregiver feeding behaviors, dietary interventions for populations with a particular disease). Studies that assess how food-related policies impact consumption and health outcomes are encouraged as well. Manuscripts focusing on innovations in food as medicine, particularly for chronic conditions, are very welcome, as well as studies addressing cross-cultural differences or differences across income levels in food consumption and how that impacts disease risk and quality of life or longevity.

Manuscripts on the use of supplements, eating disorders, or those not including some form of human participants are not in the scope of this Special Issue. We are confident that the high-quality manuscripts collected in this Special Issue will contribute to deepening and expanding knowledge about how food consumption can promote health and reduce the impact of disease.

Dr. Katherine Isselmann DiSantis
Dr. Kristie J. Lancaster
Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow
Guest Editor

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  • food consumption
  • medicine
  • dietary interventions
  • food policy
  • nutrition policy
  • food assistance
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • heart disease

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Unhealthy Food and Psychological Stress: The Association between Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Perceived Stress in Working-Class Young Adults
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 3863; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18083863 - 07 Apr 2021
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Background: Ultra-processed foods are industrial formulations made from food extracts or constituents with little or no intact food and often containing additives that confer hyper-palatability. The consumption of these products increases the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases. Stressed people may engage in unhealthy [...] Read more.
Background: Ultra-processed foods are industrial formulations made from food extracts or constituents with little or no intact food and often containing additives that confer hyper-palatability. The consumption of these products increases the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases. Stressed people may engage in unhealthy eating as a way to cope. This study aimed to verify whether ultra-processed food consumption was associated with perceived stress levels in industrial and retail workers from Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study carried out between July 2017 and August 2018. During the study period, 1270 participants completed a survey administered by an interviewer. Stress levels were assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale. Information regarding weekly ultra-processed food consumption was collected. Ultra-processed foods were classified into four groups: sugary drinks; sugary foods; fast foods; and canned foods, frozen foods, or processed meat. The Student’s t-test or one-way analysis of variance was used to assess the differences in stress levels and ultra-processed food consumption. Ordinal regression was used to determine the association between the degrees of stress and ultra-processed food consumption levels. Results: Factors such as a young age, being unmarried, smoking, high-risk alcohol consumption, negative health perception, and high perceived stress level indicated higher rates of ultra-processed food consumption. Ordinal regression analysis showed that high stress levels were associated with increased odds of higher ultra-processed food consumption (odds ratio: 1.94; 95% CI: 1.54–2.45). Conclusions: These findings could help identify appropriate target areas for interventions aimed at mental health promotion and healthier food consumption. Full article
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