Special Issue "The Close Relationship: Health and Nutrition"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2015)
Prof. Samir Samman (Website)
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Interests: nutritional science; vitamins; minerals; zinc; biomarkers; chronic disease
Prof. Ian Darnton-Hill AO (Website)
The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School, K25-Medical Foundation Building K25, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: public health nutrition; global health and nutrition policy; double burden of malnutrition
Health is inextricably linked to nutrition. An unbalanced diet, whether deficient in one or more nutrients or excessive intakes of macronutrients, contribute to many physical and mental disorders. Whether people are healthy or not, is determined by their lifestyles, genetic predisposition and the environment, especially their nutrition. Diet-related factors that affect the health of individuals include access to an adequate and safe food supply, consuming a balanced diet, keeping active, and drinking alcohol in moderation, and others more subtle in their effects. How we deal with stress also affects health. This special issue of Healthcare examines “the close relationship: health and nutrition” and aims to bring together recent findings in this field. Previously unpublished articles that describe research in diverse populations are invited and welcome.
Prof. Samir Samman
Prof. Ian Darnton-Hill AO
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- dietary patterns
- food security
- food safety
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: How Research, International Law and Business Impact Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Child Survival and Lifetime Health
Authors: Veronika Scherbaum and Elizabeth Hormann
Affiliations: Universität Hohenheim
Abstract: In an historical perspective reaching back into the last century, with particular focus on the last four decades, this article explores scientific developments on the role of nutrition in early childhood and lifetime health of children and their mothers and examines the many multi-sectoral programs developed to implement this knowledge, not only through nutritional and health promotion, but also by anchoring it in binding international agreements and legislation. In the 75 years since Dr. Cicely William’s famous address to the Singapore Rotary Club on the devastating effects on infant health and survival of promotion and widespread use of breast-milk substitutes, abundant research has underpinned these concerns, raised awareness among health professionals, families and legislators world-wide and given impetus to a broad array of resolutions, initiatives and legislation [International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (1981), The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC 1989), The Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding and The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (1991), A World Fit for Children (2002), Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (2003), Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010) and the UN General Comment on Children’s Rights and Business (2013)]. There have been improvements over the last few decades, but still the problems of wasting, underweight, stunting and too high rates of infant and young child morbidity and mortality persist, especially, but not only, in developing countries. Alongside of this, are the more recently recognized problems of obesity (which often also involves micronutrient deficiencies) and its long term consequences including, diabetes, cardiac problems, metabolic disorders and psycho-social stress. The UN Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 will certainly not all be met on time and it is increasingly clear that an additional component to ensure that implementing the “right to the highest achievable level of health” (2000) can only happen if health and nutrition promoting programs are complemented by strong, enforceable legislation and the recognition by business leaders that healthy children and mothers – as well as healthy populations in general – are also in their best interests. The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010) is one instrument to help put into practice the growing awareness that child health, maternal health and nutritional status are closely linked and should be addressed together and protected by adequate legislation. The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals will be critically reviewed to assess their potential in strengthening the Right of Children to Health and Appropriate Nutrition.