Welcome to the PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

Special Issue:

Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

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Deadline February 7, 2020


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Guest Editors

Karine Clément

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche
Médicale, France


Sanjay Basu

Harvard Medical School


Ronald CW MA

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Nick Wareham

University of Cambridge


Background and Scope

Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975 and is projected to rise by 2030 resulting in an increased burden of ill health. Our goal is to bring together researchers and clinicians devoted to caring for people with obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. Submissions should be of broad interest to health practitioners and present research that helps to advance clinical practice or health policy. Areas of focus include: genetic, socioeconomic, cultural and lifestyle determinants of obesity as well as risk factors for obesity at the individual and population level including nutrition, economic deprivation, genetic predisposition and physical activity.

Additional areas of focus are: the metabolic consequences of obesity including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, understanding the burden of obesity and co-morbidities to inform patient management and epidemiology of disease burden in minority populations or low-middle income countries. This Special Issue will also highlight strategies to prevent, manage or treat obesity along with its related co-morbidities: behavioural interventions to assist weight loss, population-based interventions such as food or sugary drinks taxation and surgical/pharmacological interventions to treat obesity.

It has never been more crucial for scientists and policymakers to develop strategies to prevent this chronic condition at a population level and at the individual level.

— Sanjay Basu, Guest Editor

From our Guest Editor, Sanjay Basu:

"The World Obesity Federation has estimated that 250 million children will be obese by 2030. As the prevalence of obesity continues to sharply increase at a global level, it has never been more crucial for scientists and policymakers to develop strategies to prevent this chronic condition at a population level and at the individual level.

The topic of this special issue is timely and will allow us to develop solutions to the growing obesity crisis. PLOS Medicine is committed to publishing high quality articles that address the prevention of obesity."

Example Topics

Obesity prevention by diet and exercise

Socioeconomic and cultural determinants of obesity

Surgical and pharmacological interventions to manage obesity

Dietary interventions to manage obesity

Behavioural interventions to prevent or manage obesity

Role of genetics in predisposition to obesity and its co-morbidities

Prevalence and management of obesity in minority populations or low income countries

Population-level prevention of obesity and diabetes*

* For instance, food taxation.

Obesity Research at PLOS Medicine

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— anonymous PLOS Medicine author from Sweden


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countries represented by OBESITY Research authors from 1300+ institutions

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of publishing impactful medical research


citations on average per obesity research article

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— anonymous PLOS Medicine author from Canada
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Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index

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Journal Information

PLOS Medicine publishes impactful articles on medical, clinical, environmental, social and political determinants of health and associated outcomes. Submissions should directly and substantially inform clinical practice or health policy, and be relevant to a broad international audience.

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