Welcome to the PLOS ONE Call for Papers: Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

Call for Papers:

Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

Submit your rigorously performed work to PLOS ONE and get your obesity research in front of a global, interdisciplinary audience.

The resulting paired PLOS Medicine Special Issue and PLOS ONE Collection will be widely promoted to our millions of readers.

Deadline February 7, 2020


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Guest Editors

Pratibha V. Nerurkar

University of Hawaii


Rachel Nugent

RTI International & University of Washington


Background and Scope

Obesity has risen at a staggering rate worldwide in recent years and shows little sign of being controllable. The social, medical, and economic costs are excessive in rich and poor countries alike. More aggressive policy and individual actions are needed to try and reign in the obesity epidemic across the world but they must be evidence-informed.

— Guest Editor Dr. Rachel Nugent

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.

PLOS is right on target to highlight the research community's contributions to reducing global obesity. The PLOS Collection will be a timely and thoughtful contribution to good policy and program development for tackling obesity.

— Guest Editor Dr. Rachel Nugent

Additional areas of focus are: the metabolic consequences of obesity, 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 Collection 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.

Example Topics

Obesity prevention by diet or 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.

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