Nutritional interventions, policies and public health

Section edited by Wei Bao

This section considers studies on all public health aspects of nutrition such as nutritional epidemiology, global interventions, malnutrition/socioeconomic disparities, food security, governmental policies on nutrition, and commercial issues such as food advertising and labeling.

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  1. Research article

    Predictors of academic performance with due focus on undernutrition among students attending primary schools of Hawa Gelan district, Southwest Ethiopia: a school based cross sectional study

    More than a quarter of children living in Sub-Saharan Africa are underweight. Nutritional deficiency in children increases the risk of infection and affects their mental development. However, there was scarcit...

    Frehiwot Abebe, Ayele Geleto, Lelisa Sena and Cherinet Hailu

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:30

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  2. Research article

    The lancet series nutritional interventions in Ghana: a determinants analysis approach to inform nutrition strategic planning

    Malnutrition is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among children in low- and middle-income countries. Ghana is one of 36 countries with the highest burden of stunting, globally. The aim of this work i...

    A.E. Yawson, E.O. Amoaful, L.K. Senaya, A.O. Yawson, P.K. Aboagye, A.B. Mahama, L. Selenje and V. Ngongalah

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:27

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  3. Software

    Cost of the Diet: a method and software to calculate the lowest cost of meeting recommended intakes of energy and nutrients from local foods

    When food is available, the main obstacle to access is usually economic: people may not be able to afford a nutritious diet, even if they know what foods to eat. The Cost of the Diet method and software was de...

    Amy Deptford, Tommy Allieri, Rachel Childs, Claudia Damu, Elaine Ferguson, Jennie Hilton, Paul Parham, Abigail Perry, Alex Rees, James Seddon and Andrew Hall

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:26

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Regional, socioeconomic, and dietary factors influencing B-vitamins in human milk of urban Chinese lactating women at different lactation stages

    Adequate B-vitamins concentrations in human milk are considered to be a prerequisite for healthy development of infants in early life. This study aims to determine the concentrations of B-vitamins in human mil...

    Yong Xue, Karine Meisser Redeuil, Esther Campos Giménez, Gerard Vinyes-Pares, Ai Zhao, Tingchao He, Xiaoguang Yang, Yingdong Zheng, Yumei Zhang, Peiyu Wang and Sagar K. Thakkar

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:22

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Malnutrition status and associated factors among HIV-positive patients enrolled in ART clinics in Zimbabwe

    Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from a high burden of undernutrition, affecting 23.2% of its population, and in 2015 constituted 69% of the estimated people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) globally. ...

    Kudakwashe C. Takarinda, Tsitsi Mutasa-Apollo, Bernard Madzima, Brilliant Nkomo, Ancikaria Chigumira, Mirriam Banda, Monica Muti, Anthony D. Harries and Owen Mugurungi

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:15

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Early development of dietary patterns: transitions in the contribution of food groups to total energy—Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, 2008

    Early dietary patterns are critical to growth and development and play an important role in development of food preferences and habits. The objective of this paper is to describe when different foods enter the...

    Kathleen C. Reidy, Denise M. Deming, Ronette R. Briefel, Mary Kay Fox, Jose M. Saavedra and Alison L. Eldridge

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:5

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Associations between dietary patterns and biomarkers of nutrient status and cardiovascular risk factors among adolescents in Germany: results of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents in Germany (KiGGS)

    The aim of this study is to analyse prevailing dietary patterns among German adolescents and their associations with biomarkers of nutrient status and cardiovascular risk factors.

    Almut Richter, Martina Rabenberg, Julia Truthmann, Christin Heidemann, Jutta Roosen, Silke Thiele and Gert B. M. Mensink

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:4

    Published on: 5 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Nutrition 2017 3:14

  8. Study protocol

    Protocol for a Randomized Trial Assessing Consumer Evaluations of Pre-Packaged Foods that Systematically Vary by Nutrition Information and Product Attributes

    Nutrition information is increasingly provided on pre-packaged foods as a public health measure to help consumers make healthier food choices. Many studies have looked at the independent effects of three main ...

    Zenobia Talati, Simone Pettigrew, Helen Dixon, Bruce Neal, Clare Hughes, Trevor Shilton and Caroline Miller

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:3

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  9. Research article

    An economic model for the use of yoghurt in type 2 diabetes risk reduction in the UK

    In the UK, diabetes accounts for approximately 10% of the total UK National Health Service (NHS) resource expenditure, a figure that has been predicted to increase to 17% by 2035/2036. Meta-analysis of associa...

    Irene Lenoir-Wijnkoop, James Mahon, Lindsay Claxton, Alicia Wooding, Andrew Prentice and Nick Finer

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:77

    Published on: 28 December 2016

  10. Research article

    Cross-sectional study of drivers of animal-source food consumption in low-income urban areas of Nairobi, Kenya

    Malnutrition, including undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies is a chronic problem in most developing countries. Animal-source foods (ASFs) provide essential sources of proteins and micronutrients, yet...

    Laura Cornelsen, Pablo Alarcon, Barbara Häsler, Djesika D. Amendah, Elaine Ferguson, Eric M. Fèvre, Delia Grace, Paula Dominguez-Salas and Jonathan Rushton

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:70

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  11. Research article

    Prevalence and associated factors of malnutrition among children under-five years in Sindh, Pakistan: a cross-sectional study

    Globally, malnutrition accounts for at least half of all childhood deaths. Managing malnutrition in the community settings involves identifying malnutrition using a universally validated screening tool and imp...

    Gul Nawaz Khan, Ali Turab, Mohammad Imran Khan, Arjumand Rizvi, Fariha Shaheen, Asmat Ullah, Amjad Hussain, Imtiaz Hussain, Imran Ahmed, Muhammad Yaqoob, Shabina Ariff and Sajid Bashir Soofi

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:69

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  12. Research article

    Indicators of anemia and physical growth in schoolchildren from the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti: a cross-sectional study

    The identification and correction of malnutrition in children remains a critical public health issue in many developing countries. In this study, the rate of anemia and standardized indicators of physical grow...

    Thomas A. Weppelmann, Michael E. von Fricken, Roseline Masse, Gedeon Gelin, J. Glenn Morris, Bernard A. Okech and Valery Madsen Beau De Rochars

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:68

    Published on: 18 November 2016

  13. Research article

    Research needs and prioritizations for studies linking dietary sugars and potentially related health outcomes

    Relationships among dietary sugars and a variety of chronic diseases have spawned interest in investigating the metabolic effects of dietary sugars. An approach developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research ...

    Mei Chung, Ding Ding Wang, Edward Archer, Janine Higgins, Sery Kim, Maren Laughlin, Lu Qi, Susan Raatz, Richard D. Siegel, Joanne Slavin, Dan Steffen, Hope Warshaw and Alice M. Tang

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:66

    Published on: 14 November 2016

  14. Correspondence

    Low mid-upper arm circumference identifies children with a high risk of death who should be the priority target for treatment

    Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is currently defined by the WHO as either a low mid-upper arm circumference (i.e. MUAC <115 mm), a low weight-for-height z-score (i.e. WHZ <− 3), or bilateral pitting oedema. MU...

    André Briend, José-Luis Alvarez, Nathalie Avril, Paluku Bahwere, Jeanette Bailey, James A. Berkley, Paul Binns, Nikki Blackwell, Nancy Dale, Hedwig Deconinck, Pascale Delchevalerie, Nicky Dent, Maureen Gallagher, Saul Guerrero, Kerstin Hanson, Marko Kerac…

    BMC Nutrition 2016 2:63

    Published on: 21 October 2016

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