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

    High magnitude of under nutrition among HIV infected adults who have not started ART in Tanzania--a call to include nutrition care and treatment in the test and treat model

    Undernutrition among people living with HIV (PLWHIV) can be ameliorated if nutrition specific and sensitive interventions are integrated into their HIV care and treatment centers (CTC). Integrated care is lack...

    Bruno F. Sunguya, Nzovu K. Ulenga, Hellen Siril, Sarah Puryear, Eric Aris, Expeditho Mtisi, Edith Tarimo, David P. Urassa, Wafaie Fawzi and Ferdnand Mugusi

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:58

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Linkages between health and agriculture sectors in Ethiopia: a formative research study exploring barriers, facilitators and opportunities for local level coordination to deliver nutritional programmes and services

    In Ethiopia, poor infant and young child feeding practices and low household dietary diversity remain widespread. The Government has adopted the National Nutrition Programme that emphasizes the need for multi-...

    Girmay Ayana, Tesfaye Hailu, Desalegn Kuche, Andinet Abera, Solomon Eshetu, Alemnesh Petros, Aweke Kebede, Masresha Tessema, Cami M. Allen, Mihretab M. Salasibew and Alan D. Dangour

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:69

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Dietary patterns and cardio-metabolic risk in a population of Guatemalan young adults

    Latin America is facing an increasing burden of nutrition-related non-communicable disease. Little is known about dietary patterns in Guatemalan adults and how dietary patterns are associated with cardio-metab...

    Nicole D. Ford, Lindsay M. Jaacks, Reynaldo Martorell, Neil K. Mehta, Cria G. Perrine, Manuel Ramirez-Zea and Aryeh D. Stein

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:68

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Comparison of nutritional status and associated factors of lactating women between lowland and highland communities of District Raya, Alamata, Southern Tigiray, Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian regions have a relatively higher prevalence of under-nutrition are found in the lowlands of the country, with the exception of the highlands of Tigiray, where under-nutrition is also prevalent.

    Ismael Kalayu Sitotaw, Kiday Hailesslasie and Yohannes Adama

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:61

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Consumption patterns of meat, poultry, and fish after disaggregation of mixed dishes: secondary analysis of the Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2011–12

    With the increased consumption of mixed dishes, the need for more precise quantitative data on individual food components is becoming more important. This paper aims to examine the consumption of meat, poultry...

    Zhixian Sui, David Raubenheimer and Anna Rangan

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:52

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial of nutrition education to promote farmers’ market fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption among women enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides participants seasonal Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables (FV) at farm...

    Jennifer Di Noia, Dorothy Monica, Alla Sikorskii and Karen Weber Cullen

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:48

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  7. Technical advance

    Development of a food atlas for Sri Lankan adults

    Obtaining reliable food portion size estimations in dietary surveys found to be a difficult task. A food atlas is a set of photograph series depicting different amounts of a particular food, usually bound toge...

    Ranil Jayawardena and Manoja P. Herath

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:43

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  8. Research article

    The effects of 100% wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) juice consumption on cardiometablic biomarkers: a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial in adults with increased risk for type 2 diabetes

    Wild blueberries have a high content of polyphenols, but there is limited data evaluating their health benefits in adults at risk for type 2 diabetes. The objective of the study was to investigate whether cons...

    K. S. Stote, M. I. Sweeney, T. Kean, D. J. Baer, J. A. Novotny, N. L. Shakerley, A. Chandrasekaran, P. M. Carrico, J. A. Melendez and K. T. Gottschall-Pass

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:45

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Supplementation of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), vitamin D3 and uridine in combination with six weeks of cognitive and motor training in prepubescent children: a pilot study

    Learning and memory have been shown to be influenced by combination of dietary supplements and exercise in animal models, but there is little available evidence from human subjects. The aim of this pilot study...

    Solvejg L. Hansen, Anina Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Camilla B. Voigt, Lars I. Hellgren, Ann-Dorit M. Sørensen, Charlotte Jacobsen, Line Z. Greve, Katrine D. Jørgensen, Peder E. Bilde, Bente Kiens and Jens B. Nielsen

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:37

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Short term elevation in dietary protein intake does not worsen insulin resistance or lipids in older adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized-controlled trial

    There is a great deal of controversy as to whether higher protein intake improves or worsens insulin sensitivity in humans. The purpose of the study was to determine the influence of a short-term elevation in ...

    Il-Young Kim, Scott E. Schutzler, Gohar Azhar, Robert R. Wolfe, Arny A. Ferrando and Robert H. Coker

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:33

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  11. Research article

    Maternal participation in a nutrition education program in Uganda is associated with improved infant and young child feeding practices and feeding knowledge: a post-program comparison study

    Cost-effective approaches to improve feeding practices and to reduce undernutrition are needed in low-income countries. Strategies such as nutritional counseling, food supplements, and cash transfers can subst...

    S. B. Ickes, C. Baguma, C. A. Brahe, J. A. Myhre, L. S. Adair, M. E. Bentley and A. S. Ammerman

    BMC Nutrition 2017 3:32

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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