Special Issue "Effects of COVID-19 on Lifestyle Behaviors in Children with Obesity"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutritional Epidemiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Livio Luzi
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1. Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
2. Clinical Department of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases, IRCCS Multimedica, 20099 Sesto San Giovanni and Ospedale San Giuseppe, MIlano MI, Italy
Interests: obesity; diabetes; COVID-19; sports nutrition; exercise
Prof. Dr. Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti
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1. Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences “L. Sacco”, University of Milan, Via Grassi 74, 20157 Milan, Italy
2. Faculty of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Interests: pediatrics; infectious diseases; COVID-19; telemedicine; nutrition; obesity
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Dr. Ileana Marina Terruzzi
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Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Interests: nutrition; nutraceuticals; nutrigenomics; metabolism; metagenomics; obesity; malnutrition prevention and treatment
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Dr. Anna Ferrulli
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Deptartment of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Interests: obesity; novel methodologies to treat obesity; clinical medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thirty-eight percent of the United States population is constituted by individuals with obesity. An increasing figure of obesity prevalence is also present in children and adolescents. Obesity, along with diabetes mellitus, is a predisposing factor for the development and for adverse outcomes of COVID-19. Conversely, infection with SARS-CoV-2 can induce diabetes mellitus and, potentially, also obesity in the long term, same as other viral infections. The bidirectional relationship between obesity/diabetes and SARS-CoV-2 infection may partially explain the appearance of “long COVID-19” syndrome and its related co-morbidities, such as cognitive dysfunction and cardiopulmonary diseases. In this Special Issue, we will unravel the bidirectional relationship between obesity and COVID-19 with a multidisciplinary editorial approach: Endocrinologists (Co-Editor Prof. Livio Luzi), pediatricians (Co-Editor Prof. Dr. Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti), nutritionists (Co-Editor Prof. Ileana Terruzzi), and internists (Co-Editor Dr. Anna Ferrulli) will cover several innovative COVID-19-related aspects of the respective scientific fields. Each Co-Editor will be in charge of writing a review article and evoking the submission of 3–4 original papers from external authors. The twelve to sixteen articles will cover: 1. Lifestyle behavioral changes during lockdown periods in children and adolescents (2–3 articles); 2. Telemedicine and telehealth for the management of metabolic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic (2–3 articles); 3. Long COVID-19 syndrome: impact of obesity and diabetes (2–3 articles): 4. Nutraceutical interventions for treating adipose tissue dysfunctions, systemic inflammation, and metabolic disturbances in SARS-CoV-2 infection (2–3 articles); 5. Innate and adaptive immunity, obesity, and SARS-CoV-2 infection (2–3 articles); 6. Novel treatments for obesity in the contest of COVID-19.

Prof. Dr. Livio Luzi
Prof. Dr. GianVincenzo Zuccotti
Dr. Ileana Marina Terruzzi
Dr. Anna Ferrulli
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • obesity
  • COVID-19
  • children
  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • metabolic syndrome
  • telemedicine
  • brain stimulation

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The Effects of COVID-19 on the Eating Habits of Children and Adolescents in Italy: A Pilot Survey Study
Nutrients 2021, 13(8), 2641; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nu13082641 - 30 Jul 2021
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Nutrition during childhood and adolescence is very important for growth and can have long-term health implications. The COVID-19 lockdown caused significant changes in everyday life, including in children and adolescents. This study evaluated the effects of the first COVID-19 lockdown on eating habits [...] Read more.
Nutrition during childhood and adolescence is very important for growth and can have long-term health implications. The COVID-19 lockdown caused significant changes in everyday life, including in children and adolescents. This study evaluated the effects of the first COVID-19 lockdown on eating habits and body weight in children and adolescents. An online cross-sectional survey was carried out among the parents of children (5–9 years) and adolescents (10–14 years) living in Italy. The online self-administered questionnaire included demographic and anthropometric data (reported weight and height) weight and dietary habit changes during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy (March to June 2020). A total of 439 participants were included. We found a change in eating habits with an increase in consumption of sweet packaged snacks (34%) and processed meat (25%), as well as bread, pizza and bakery products (47%). We also found an increase in vegetable, fresh fruit and legume intake (19%), and a reduction in sweet beverage and candy intake. A total of 59.7% of the participants reported body weight gain, with adolescents gaining more than children (67% vs. 55%, p = 0.010, respectively). In children, body weight gain was associated with a change in body height and increased consumption of dairy products and sweet packaged snacks, while in adolescents it was associated with an increased intake of comfort foods and processed meat. Our data highlighted the need to carefully monitor eating behaviors to avoid the establishment of unhealthy eating habits and prevent obesity in children and adolescents during periods of self-isolation. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effects of COVID-19 on Lifestyle Behaviors in Children with Obesity)
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