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2012 – starting with overweight and obesity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2012

Agneta Yngve
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Editor-in-Chief
Marilyn Tseng
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Deputy Editors
Caroline McNeill
Affiliation:
Deputy Editors
Irja Haapala
Affiliation:
Deputy Editors
Allison Hodge
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Deputy Editors
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Copyright © The Authors 2012

The number of papers addressing overweight and obesity submitted to this journal is still substantial, as previously reported(Reference Yngve, Tseng and Haapala1). As the first issue for the new year we have chosen Overweight and obesity as the hot topic. You can find papers on antioxidant capacity in obese women(Reference Hervert-Hernández and Goñi2), growth reference curves for Portuguese adolescents(Reference Santos, Moreira and Ruiz3) and validity of self-reported height and weight in Austrian adults(Reference Grossschadl, Haditsch and Stronegger4). These papers point at the importance of correct assessment and use of the right reference curves. There is also a paper looking at changes in overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence during health transition(Reference Dancause, Vilar and Chan5) and one looking at low-income New Yorkers and their food concern related to obesity and diabetes(Reference Yaemsiri, Olson and He6).

Colleagues from Scotland publish the evaluation of the first phase of a weight management programme performed within the National Health Service – interesting reading, indeed(Reference Morrison, Boyle and Morrison7). The results point at the ‘you get what you pay for’ principle, with patients who stay in the programme being more likely to lose weight. Being male, depressed, older than 40 years and severely obese (BMI >50 kg/m2) increased the chance of losing more weight while being socially deprived reduced the chance of improvement in weight status. The authors point at the need for more targeted interventions. We look forward to more results from this programme.

Hendrie et al.(Reference Hendrie, Coveney and Cox8) discuss the complexity of the relationship between behaviours and obesity in childhood and Ergin et al.(Reference Ergin, Hassoy and Kunst9) discuss socio-economic inequalities in overweight among adults in Turkey. Wiklund et al.(Reference Wiklund, Xu and Lyytikäinen10) publish data from Finland indicating that breast-feeding mothers may be protected against later-life obesity and Wu et al.(Reference Wu, Ohinmaa and Veugelers11) look at quality of life related to body weight and related variables among adolescents in Canada.

Tavares et al.(Reference Tavares, Fonseca and Garcia Rosa12) follow up on the issue of ultra-processed foods (discussed earlier in this journal(Reference Monteiro, Levy and Claro13)) and their importance for the metabolic syndrome in a Brazilian study of adolescents, and Zhang et al.(Reference Zhang, van der Lans and Dagevos14) discuss the same type of issues in their paper from China.

Three reviews on the home environment and its importance for childhood obesity, on dietary weight-loss interventions in people of African ancestry and on free will and the obesity epidemic are also included in this issue(Reference Pinard, Yaroch and Hart15Reference Levitsky and Pacanowski17).

Will the ‘epidemic of obesity publications’ still be raging at the end of 2012? Will the obesity epidemic as such level out in the coming years? The editors look forward with anticipation.

Happy New Year!

References

1.Yngve, A, Tseng, M, Haapala, I et al. (2011) The epidemic of obesity publications, award to legend and more. Public Health Nutr 14, 12.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
2.Hervert-Hernández, D & Goñi, I (2012) Contribution of beverages to the intake of polyphenols and antioxidant capacity in obese women from rural Mexico. Public Health Nutr 15, 6–12.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
3.Santos, R, Moreira, C, Ruiz, JR et al. (2012) Reference curves for BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-height ratio for Azorean adolescents (Portugal). Public Health Nutr 15, 13–19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
4.Grossschadl, F, Haditsch, B & Stronegger, WJ (2012) Validity of self-reported weight and height in Austrian adults: sociodemographic determinants and consequences for the classification of BMI categories. Public Health Nutr 15, 20–27.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
5.Dancause, KN, Vilar, M, Chan, C et al. (2012) Patterns of childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity during health transition in Vanuatu. Public Health Nutr 15, 158–166.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
6.Yaemsiri, S, Olson, EC, He, K et al. (2012) Food concern and its associations with obesity and diabetes among lower-income New Yorkers. Public Health Nutr 15, 39–47.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
7.Morrison, DS, Boyle, S, Morrison, C et al. (2012) Evaluation of the first phase of a specialist weight management programme in the UK National Health Service: prospective cohort study. Public Health Nutr 15, 28–38.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
8.Hendrie, GA, Coveney, J & Cox, DN (2012) Defining the complexity of childhood obesity and related behaviours within the family environment using structural equation modelling. Public Health Nutr 15, 48–57.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
9.Ergin, I, Hassoy, H & Kunst, A (2012) Socio-economic inequalities in overweight among adults in Turkey: a regional evaluation. Public Health Nutr 15, 58–66.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
10.Wiklund, P, Xu, L, Lyytikäinen, A et al. . Prolonged breast-feeding protects mothers from later-life obesity and related cardio-metabolic disorders. Public Health Nutr 15, 67–74.Google Scholar
11.Wu, XY, Ohinmaa, A & Veugelers, PJ (2012) Diet quality, physical activity, body weight and health-related quality of life among grade 5 students in Canada. Public Health Nutr 15, 75–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
12.Tavares, LF, Fonseca, SC, Garcia Rosa, ML et al. (2012) Relationship between ultra-processed foods and metabolic syndrome in adolescents from a Brazilian Family Doctor Program. Public Health Nutr 15, 82–87.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
13.Monteiro, CA, Levy, RB, Claro, RM et al. (2011) Increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods and likely impact on human health: evidence from Brazil. Public Health Nutr 14, 513.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
14.Zhang, X, van der Lans, I & Dagevos, H (2012) Impacts of fast food and the food retail environment on overweight and obesity in China: a multilevel latent class cluster approach. Public Health Nutr 15, 88–96.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
15.Pinard, CA, Yaroch, AL, Hart, MH et al. (2012) Measures of the home environment related to childhood obesity: a systematic review. Public Health Nutr 15, 97–109.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
16.Osei-Assibey, G & Boachie, C (2012) Dietary interventions for weight loss and cardiovascular risk reduction in people of African ancestry (blacks): a systematic review. Public Health Nutr 15, 110–115.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
17.Levitsky, DA & Pacanowski, CR (2012) Free will and the obesity epidemic. Public Health Nutr 15, 126–141.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
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