We Hear You!
hank you to all those dedicated readers who responded to the 2003 Journal Readers’ Survey, conducted by Readex. The results are in! Not surprisingly, you are very interested in learning more about dietary supplements, disease prevention, and obesity/weight management, regardless of your age. If you are under 30, you are also very interested in vegetarian nutrition and nutritional support. The full report has provided us with a wealth of information that we hope to utilize as we move forward in our never-ending quest to improve and enhance the Journal for you, our readers. This month, a great job was done summarizing the highlights of this very long and detailed report (p 875). I think you will find that your own personal interests are reflected in at least some of the categories that are listed. Also, you will not be surprised that collectively we have a broad array of nutrition interests that reflect the diversity and multitalented nature of our profession. Registered dietitians can be found in literally every career track, illustrating that food and nutrition are fundamentally related to life in all of its dimensions. If your favorite topic has been overlooked or under appreciated, please let us know. Our goal remains readerdriven. We want to provide you with
the highest quality food and nutrition research and information available. Also This Month In keeping with your expressed interests in obesity prevention, treatment, etiology, and intervention efforts, the Journal is bringing you several papers this month that you will want to note. Nebeling and colleagues (p 892) provide new evidence that frequent weight-loss attempts are potentially harmful based on decreases in natural killer cell cytotoxicity among postmenopausal women. The possible implications regarding compromised immunity are discussed. At the other end of the age spectrum, NeumarkSztainer and colleagues (p 913) provide further evidence that adolescent girls who engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors have an increased risk for dietary inadequacy, thereby emphasizing the need for early dietary education and intervention. Portion size of preschool-aged children and prediction of energy intake is reported by McConahy and colleagues (p 975). Other weight-related papers include the self-reported dieting experience of obese women by Ikeda and colleagues (p 972), providing insights about choices and problems in this subgroup. Discussion regarding the health implications of conjugated linoleic acid is presented by Rainer and Heiss
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(p 963) and includes the reported impact on body composition. Also, Cotton and colleagues (p 921) provide an update on the dietary sources of nutrients among adults, thereby characterizing food patterns among this segment of our population. Likewise, Millen and colleagues (p 942) present data from the 1987, 1992, and 2000 National Health Interview Surveys regarding the changing use of vitamin, mineral, and nonvitamin/nonmineral supplements in this country. Another focus is offered by Moore and colleagues (p 980) regarding vitamin D intake in this country and possible problems related to inadequate consumption. Likewise, Gottschlich and colleagues (p 931) address hypovitaminosis D in acutely injured pediatric burn patients. The nutrient contributions of dairy foods in the United States, including vitamin D, are provided by Weinberg and colleagues (p 895). These and other topics round out the Journal this month to offer a variety of meaningful papers to kick off your summertime reading. Best regards.
Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD Editor-in-Chief doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2004.04.015
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