Coming soon…

coming soon

JHND will be publishing a supplement in the New Year, entitled Developing technological solutions for dietary assessment in children and young peopleThe supplement has been edited by Profs Ashley Adamson and Tom Baranowski and includes a series of papers on innovative approaches for accurate assessment of dietary intakes in young people. Many of these describe web-based methods for obtaining data.

The hottest papers of 2013

As Journal Editor I have to keep a constant eye on citation statistics and other metrics about journal performance. Like it or not, the quality of our journal is interpreted from inspection of the Journal Impact Factor, and that is derived from the number of times our articles are cited by other papers over a two year period. An idle moment this morning saw me looking at citation of JHND papers that were first published in 2013, i.e. the papers that have been published on my watch. The top 10 cited papers for 2013 are listed below. Some of them are attracting a lot of attention.


Contribution of meat to vitamin B12, iron and zinc intakes in five ethnic groups in the USA: implications for developing food-based dietary guidelines

Author(s): Sharma, S.; Sheehy, T.; Kolonel, L. N. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 2   Pages: 156-168   


Diet and the risk of unipolar depression in adults: systematic review of cohort studies

Author(s): Sanhueza, C.; Ryan, L.; Foxcroft, D. R. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 1   Pages: 56-70   


Dairy food consumption is inversely associated with the risk of the metabolic syndrome in Korean adults

Author(s): Kim, J. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Special Issue: SI   Supplement: 1   Pages: 171-179   


Meat intake in Britain in relation to other dietary components and to demographic and risk factor variables: analyses based on the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2000/2001

Author(s): Aston, L. M.; Smith, J. N.; Powles, J. W. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 1   Pages: 96-106   


Nutritional inadequacies of the gluten-free diet in both recently-diagnosed and long-term patients with coeliac disease

Author(s): Shepherd, S. J.; Gibson, P. R. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 4   Pages: 349-358   


Weight bias among UK trainee dietitians, doctors, nurses and nutritionists

Author(s): Swift, J. A.; Hanlon, S.; El-Redy, L.; et al. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 4   Pages: 395-402   


School-based individualised lifestyle intervention decreases obesity and the metabolic syndrome in Mexican children

Author(s): Elizondo-Montemayor, L.; Gutierrez, N. G.; Moreno, D. M.; et al. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Special Issue: SI   Supplement: 1   Pages: 82-89   


Nutritional composition of commonly consumed composite dishes from rural villages in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Author(s): Spearing, K.; Kolahdooz, F.; Lukasewich, M.; et al. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 3   Pages: 222-229   


Using a wiki platform to promote guidelines internationally and maintain their currency: evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer

Author(s): Brown, T.; Findlay, M.; von Dincklage, J.; et al. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 2   Pages: 182-190   


Psychometric properties of the structured Satisfaction Questionnaire with Gastrostomy Feeding (SAGA-8) for caregivers of children with gastrostomy tube nutritional support

Author(s): Martinez-Costa, C.; Calderon, C.; Pedron-Giner, C.; et al. JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS  Volume: 26   Issue: 2   Pages: 191-197   


Thank you!

Thank you to all of the people who have taken the time to review for the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics this year. The link takes you to the full list of names as published in volume 26 December issue. There would be no journal without the essential work of the reviewers and we are grateful to all who have taken the trouble to provide excellent reviews, in a timely manner.


Festive season

Festive season

The Christmas season approaches and although I am a notable (indeed famed) adherent to all of the ways of Scrooge, even the JHND editor has to acknowledge the fact. As we reach the end of a very successful year of change, the editorial office is preparing for a short period of hibernation. If anyone feels the need to submit or review a manuscript between 21st of December and 5th Jan, I am afraid not a lot will be done with it until I reemerge into 2014.

Happy Christmas to all of our reviewers, readers, contributors, the Wiley office and visitors to this blog! I hope that you have a restful and enjoyable break with family and friends.


Coronary heart disease mortality in the countries of the Seven Countries Study

Coronary heart disease mortality in relation to dietary, lifestyle and biochemical risk factors in the countries of the Seven Countries Study: a secondary dataset analysis

Papandreou and Tuomilehto, JHND Early View.


The present study explored coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality rates in 2011 in countries that participated in the Seven Countries Study (SCS) in relation to several dietary and anthropometric/biochemical risk factors. Special focus was given to Crete and the Ionian Islands.


This was a cross-sectional study of secondary analysis of databases using data from the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization database and the Greek National Cadaster and Cartography Organization. Geographically weighted regression was applied to identify the high-risk regions in relation to the significant factors.


Crete, the Ionian Islands and Japan had the lowest mortality rates (28.9, 30.1 and 31.2 deaths/100 000 people, respectively) in contrast to Serbia/Montenegro that presented the highest rates (105.1 deaths/100 000 people). Diet, physical inactivity and hypertension were found to be the most significant factors in the model (< 0.05). Regions of no risk were Crete, Ionian Islands and Japan (exponent B = 0.65; 95% confidence interval = 0.293–0.942; < 0.001), whereas Serbia/Montenegro and Finland were identified as high-risk areas with a 2.97-fold higher probability for CHD mortality (95% confidence interval = 1.736–4.028; < 0.001).


Observed patterns of CHD mortality and related factors may be helpful for appropriate management by health planners when aiming to reduce its prevalence, particularly in high-risk areas.

JHND publishes BDA guidelines on Crohn’s Disease

British Dietetic Association evidence-based guidelines for the dietary management of Crohn’s disease in adults

Lee et al. on behalf of Gastroenterology Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association. JHND Early View.


Crohn’s disease is a debilitating chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Appropriate use of diet and nutritional therapy is integral to the overall management strategy of Crohn’s disease. The aim was to develop evidence-based guidelines on the dietary management of Crohn’s disease in adults.


Questions relating to the dietary management of Crohn’s disease were developed. These included the roles of enteral nutrition to induce remission, food re-introduction diets to structure food re-introduction and maintain remission, and dietary management of stricturing disease, as well as whether probiotics or prebiotics induce or maintain remission. A comprehensive literature search was conducted and relevant studies from January 1985 to November 2009 were identified using the electronic database search engines CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Scopus and Web of Science. Evidence statements, recommendations, practical considerations and research recommendations were developed.


Fifteen research papers were critically appraised and the evidence formed the basis of these guidelines. Although corticosteroids appear to be more effective, enteral nutrition (elemental or non-elemental) can be offered as an alternative option to induce disease remission. After a course of enteral nutrition, food re-introduction diets may be useful to structure food re-introduction and help maintain disease remission. Dietary fibre is contraindicated in the presence of strictures as a result of the risk of mechanical obstruction. The use of probiotics and prebiotics is not currently supported.


As an alternative to corticosteroids, evidence supports enteral nutrition to induce disease remission. Food re-introduction diets provide structure to food re-introduction and help maintain disease remission. These guidelines aim to reduce variation in clinical practice.


The Healthy Growth Study, Greece

Revised Healthy Lifestyle-Diet Index and associations with obesity and iron deficiency in schoolchildren: The Healthy Growth Study

Manios et al., JHND Early View.


The Healthy Lifestyle-Diet Index (HLD-index), previously developed to assess the degree of adherence to dietary and lifestyle guidelines for primary schoolchildren, was revised according to updated recommendations. Τhe association of the revised HLD-index (R-HLD-index) with obesity and iron deficiency (ID) was also examined.


A representative sample of 2660 primary schoolchildren from Greece (9–13 years old) participating in the ‘Healthy Growth Study’ was examined. Twelve components related to dietary and lifestyle patterns were used to develop the R-HLD-index. Scores from 0 up to 4 were assigned to each one of these components, giving a total score ranging from 0 to 48. The associations between the R-HLD-index, obesity and ID were examined via logistic regression analysis.


The total score of the R-HLD-index calculated for each one of the study participants was found to range between 2 and 32 units, with higher scores being indicative of a healthier lifestyle and better diet quality. After adjusting for potential confounders, logistic regression analysis showed that an increase in the R-HLD-index score by one unit was associated with 6% lower odds for obesity. However, no significant association was observed between the R-HLD-index score and ID.


The R-HLD-index may be a useful tool for public health policy makers and healthcare professionals when assessing diet quality and lifestyle patterns of primary schoolchildren. Identification of children with lower scores in the R-HLD-index and its individual components could guide tailored made interventions targeting specific children and behaviors.