Ecology of Food and Nutrition (ECOL FOOD NUTR )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Ecology of Food and Nutrition is an international journal of the nutritional sciences in the broadest sense. It emphasizes foods and food systems and their utilization to satisfy human nutritional needs, but it also examines nonfood factors that contribute to the spectrum of nutritional conditions, such as obesity and leanness, malnutrition vitamin requirements and mineral needs. The content scope is thus wide; articles may consider dietary and nutritional status issues arising from cultural prohibitions, traditional usages, and problems of marketing and transportation. Food nutrients and toxicants, additives and food quality are also topics considered, as are ethnobotany, agriculture and development. Many of the journal's contributors are trained in nutrition, nutritional science and food technology, but the behavioral and social sciences, including psychology, geography and economics, are also represented, as are the food industry and its critics. The perspective of the journal is ecological and holistic in its treatment of food and nutrition issues, and represents a wide range of disciplines, separately or combined. The Institute of Scientific Information Journal Citations Report for 2002 ranks Ecology of Food and Nutrition 45th out of 50 journals in Nutrition & Dietetics (Social Science), with an impact factor of 0.215.

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    ABSTRACT: Urban migrants in Papua New Guinea have undergone a nutritional transition. The present study investigated associations of socioeconomic status with dietary and physical activity patterns among migrant Bougainvilleans from Nassioi territory in the capital city of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. All adults Naasioi migrants residing in Port Moresby were identified (N = 185) and 70 were included. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used to evaluate physical activity, and dietary patterns were assessed by per-week consumption frequency of food items. Principal component analysis was applied to produce a composite score for socioeconomic status. Least square regression analysis indicated that socioeconomic status was positively correlated with consumption of a traditional diet (p = .03) and negatively with walking-related physical activity (p = .02), but it was not correlated with MET-minutes of moderate/vigorous activity. Different patterns of nutritional transition occur among migrants in urban Papua New Guinea, depending on socioeconomic status.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2014; 53(5).
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes field experiences while implementing nutrition and physical activity education in a public junior high school in Puerto Rico (PR). Participants were classified as overweight or at risk based on body mass index (BMI). Dietary intake and weight were collected. Changes in dietary intake assessed from baseline to end of school year did not show statistical significance. The reduction in BMI Z-scores was modest at 4 months and was not observed at the end of the program. Future studies are warranted to integrate parents and behavioral theories and to evaluate food in the environment to successfully address childhood obesity.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2014; 53(5):503-513.
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores foods talked about and chosen in the education of Swedish Home Economics as a relationship between structural processes and agency. Three data sets from observations and focus group interviews with teachers and students were analyzed for food classifications. These were related to a culinary triangle of contradictions, showing factors of identity, convenience and responsibility. Results show that foods talked about and chosen by teachers and students were reflections of dominant cultural values. Results also indicate that teachers had more agency than students, but that the choices they made were framed by educational visions and cultural values.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2014; 53(5).
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this cross-sectional, observational baseline survey was to examine the association between nutrient intakes and selected socio-economic variables in 722 women, aged 19 to 90 years living in peri-urban settlements. Measurements included socio-demographic data and 24-hour recall dietary intake data. The results showed poor nutrient intakes with the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) not met for the mean intakes of all nutrients except carbohydrates, phosphorus, and vitamin B12. The inadequate energy intakes were significantly higher among the women who had lower education (p = .015), lower income (p = .028), and were unemployed (p = .015). The epidemiological value of the study findings is in the contribution to the rationale of appropriate interventions such as income-generating projects as well as household agricultural projects to improve food and nutrient intakes.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2014; 53(5).
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    ABSTRACT: Insects are nutritious and suitable for human consumption. In this article an overview of research on consumer acceptance of entomophagy is given. This study furthermore provides insight into which factors are effective to influence consumer acceptance of entomophagy among Dutch and Australian participants. Based on the findings of this study, information about entomophagy and providing the participants with the opportunity to try insect food, both seem to be equally important when trying to positively influence their attitude toward entomophagy. The outcomes of this study show that "educating" consumers about entomophagy should be practiced in its broadest sense.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2014; 53(5):543-561.
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents the results of a study conducted in Northeast Thailand on wild food plant gathering in anthropogenic areas and the implications for vulnerable households. A sub-sample of 40 farming households was visited every month to conduct seven-day recalls over a 12-month period on wild food plant acquisition events. Results show that these plants are an essential part of the diet, constituting a "rural safety net" particularly for vulnerable households. Findings reveal that anthropogenic environments have seasonal complementarity throughout the year with respect to wild food gathering and farmer's gathering of wild food plants from anthropogenic environments complements seasonal crop availability. This study contributes to a deeper understanding of these plants as a household asset and their potential contribution to household well-being. The results of this study furthers our understanding of dietary traditions and the scientific challenge of the partitions that have for decades divided agriculturalists and gatherers.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 07/2014; 53(4):363-389.
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    ABSTRACT: Maternal education and attitudes and practices can significantly be associated with the child's nutritional outcomes. Our goal was to find out patterns among mothers and children in the context of beliefs, knowledge and cultural practices of Iranian mothers. This research provides primary descriptive statistical data. To administer the interviews, five hospitals in Tehran, Iran (operating in mother and child medical services) were selected. 190 mothers and their children were selected for the study. Forty seven mothers (24.7%) were giving cow milk, while 92 (48.4 %) were giving powdered milk and milk itself 49 remaining (25.8%) gave a mixture of breast and cow milk to their children below one year. The anthropometric results in majority of the children fell under Grade-I and Grade-II undernourished category, and that the prevalence of under-nutrition was more obvious in lower age group children. A majority of the children were undernourished. Poor quality and inadequacy of food intake, economy below subsistence level and poor income, and seasonal food shortage were known to cause under-nutrition. Numerous factors, such as social, economic, regional, ethnical, religious, and superstition affect the mother and child.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 07/2014; 53(4):410-418.
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    ABSTRACT: Several studies have pointed adverse effects of long term migration on eating habits. Research is needed to understand if this effect occurs also with a short length of migration, as is the case of international students. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of short and long term migration on eating habits of Portuguese university students. Participants were 46 English and 55 Portuguese students from universities in London, United Kingdom. The findings from this study highlight the difficulties that Portuguese students faced in maintaining a traditional Mediterranean diet after moving to a Northern European environment.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 07/2014; 53(4):419-435.
  • Ecology of Food and Nutrition 04/2014; 53(3):292-311.
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    ABSTRACT: Population growth within the Arab World at nearly 3.0 percent per annum is one of the largest in the world. Food production is barely keeping pace with this increase and the area remains dependent on imported grains. The diet of the region is based on wheat as a staple. Although specific nutrient deficiencies do exist, in general if food energy needs are met so also will be needs for most nutrients. The major nutritional problem of the area remains protein‐energy malnutrition of the young child. This appears to be more related to hygienic and socio‐economic factors than to a lack of protein in the diet. In this connection the role of commercial activity in the feeding of infants and its relationship to infantile malnutrition is discussed. The solutions to nutritional problems in the area are considered to lie more in the areas of population control, and in agricultural, political and social reforms than in specific nutrition intervention programs.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2010; 5(4):205-215.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper critically reviews the reported relationships between malnutrition and learning. Since malnutrition is not randomly distributed in the social system, the relationships between malnutrition and intellectual development are often confounded by the relationship between social class and malnutrition. The psychological consequences of malnutrition which have been reported are similar to those for social isolation among infants, and isolation may be a confounding factor in the development of infants hospitalized for malnutrition. The older malnourished child may be cut off from important learning opportunities, both by lack of energy to pay attention to these opportunities and by living in settings in which the opportunities do not exist. He may acquire a self concept and be responded to by others in ways which further inhibit his development. While few data exist on the effects of hunger, they may be similar to those of malnutrition. In addition, because those who are hungry are stigmatized, others may treat the child labeled “hungry” in ways which prevent his adequate social and psychological development.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2010; 2(2):133-141.
  • Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2010; 3(2):85-88.
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    ABSTRACT: The study of mammary adenocarcinoma has covered a period of eighty years. Early data suggesting that a genetic component was involved in the transmission of the disease, and later studies revealing viral implications, are briefly mentioned.
    Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2010; 3(2):141-146.
  • Ecology of Food and Nutrition 09/2010; 2(4):245-250.