Special Issue "Innovative Strategies, Methods and Tools for Dietary Assessment in Public Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Martina Barchitta
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Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Advanced Technologies “G.F. Ingrassia”, University of Catania, Via S. Sofia, 87, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: nutritional epidemiology; molecular epidemiology; public health; Mediterranean diet; nutrigenetics; nutrigenomics; nutriepigenomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Innovative dietary assessment tools and methods are needed in large-scale epidemiological studies to produce the best estimates of individual intake and to better address public health strategies. The goal of this Special Issue, entitled “Innovative Strategies, Methods, and Tools For Dietary Assessment in Public Health”, is to focus on the importance of new dietary assessment approaches to provide more accurate estimates of diet in epidemiological studies. 

The Special Issue welcomes the submission of original research, narrative reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses to provide public health professionals with a widespread, clear and updated body of evidence on innovative approaches to better investigate the diet–health relationship. 

Prof. Dr. Martina Barchitta
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • advanced methodology
  • statistical strategies
  • artificial intelligence
  • m-health
  • e-health
  • nutritional epidemiology

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Wikipedia, Google Trends and Diet: Assessment of Temporal Trends in the Internet Users’ Searches in Italy before and during COVID-19 Pandemic
Nutrients 2021, 13(11), 3683; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nu13113683 - 20 Oct 2021
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We obtained data from Google Trends and Wikipedia in order to assess whether an analysis of Internet searches could provide information on the Internet users’ behaviour/interest in diets. Differences in seasonality, year and before/during COVID-19 pandemic were assessed. From Wikipedia, we extracted the [...] Read more.
We obtained data from Google Trends and Wikipedia in order to assess whether an analysis of Internet searches could provide information on the Internet users’ behaviour/interest in diets. Differences in seasonality, year and before/during COVID-19 pandemic were assessed. From Wikipedia, we extracted the number of times a page is viewed by users, aggregated on monthly and seasonal bases. We also used Google Trends to evaluate the frequency of the users’ web searches. The Mediterranean diet was the most frequently (33.9%), followed by the pescatarian diet (9.0%). Statistically, significant seasonal differences were found for the Mediterranean, vegetarian, Atkins, Scarsdale, and zone diets and pescetarianism. The most commonly searched diet and consequent diet-related queries on Google resulted to be: Dukan diet, Dukan and weight loss. Ketogenic, FODMAP and intermittent fasting diets were statistically more frequently searched during the pandemic compared with before. Our data show a different trend of searches based on the seasonality, year and the pandemic. These data could be useful for scientists, practitioners and policy makers because they can inform educational campaigns via the Internet, especially in periods when the population is more receptive. Full article
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