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Special Issue "Nutrition, Obesity and Associated Morbidities"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

High-caloric diets and sedentary lifestyles have been identified as the main causes of epidemic obesity.

Excess weight represents a condition of meta-inflammation that boosts the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic abnormalities that are linked to obesity. Dyslipidemia, metabolic fatty liver disease, hypertension, and atherosclerosis are among the main abnormalities. Obesity, very importantly, is associated with impaired immune response, altered hormonal milieu, and sensitivity to hormone action at different tissue and body levels. Functional foods and bioactive compounds, from traditional and not traditional diets, may contribute to weight management and obesity prevention trough a number of different molecular mechanisms and physiological pathways, but more importantly, they can powerfully reduce the burden of associated morbidities. We welcome studies in humans investigating possible mechanisms of action of single and identifiable bioactive compounds and functional foods. We are especially interested in compounds that are available from traditional diet and may have effects on satiety and energy expenditure, lipid absorption, fatty acids beta oxidation, liver metabolism, stimulation of thermogenesis, gut microbiota and permeability, immune system boosting, and hormone action. Studies investigating the interaction of compounds and genetics in relation to obesity and associated morbidities are also welcome.

This Special Issue aims to collect robust scientific evidence to support the use of identified bioactive compounds and functional foods in clinical practice to prevent and reduce the burden of overweight and associated morbidities.

Prof. Dr. Melania Manco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • functional food
  • bioactive compound
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • metabolic syndrome
  • dyslipidemia
  • fatty liver
  • precision nutrition
  • traditional foods
  • nutraceuticals

Published Papers

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