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Welcome to the papers short-listed for the British Journal of Nutrition’s Paper of the Year 2023 competition. Each paper has been selected by one our Deputy Editors based on originalitysignificance and rigour. Congratulations to all authors of these short-listed papers.

I am delighted to announce that Dr Sarah Warkentin and colleagues from the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Portugal are this year's winners of the British Journal of Nutrition Paper of the Year competition for their paper entitled "Weight trajectories from birth to 5 years and child appetitive traits at 7 years of age: a prospective birth cohort study".  Congratulations to Dr Warkentin and colleagues who have been invited to present their work described in this paper at the Nutrition Society Congress 2024 in Belfast (see:

This year’s short-list of papers exemplifies the excellent nutrition research that is being carried out globally. It is noticeable that many of these papers involve collaborations not only between researchers in different institutions but also in different countries and across disciplines. Many of the important challenges in nutrition research benefit from this collaborative approach. I’m also pleased to see examples of studies that cross species boundaries and take a One Health approach.

All of these papers are freely available to read below.

Professor John Mathers


British Journal of Nutrition


Shortlisted Papers

Fibre intakes have consistently been a challenge across the world, and this article proposes a way forward to translate research into policy/practice.

Rajavel Elango, Deputy Editor

Not only does this paper work on a globally important fish species and combine genetic selection for performance on completely plant based diets, there are many relevant links to human nutrition with dietary manipulation of gut microbiota and influencing metabolic performance.

Nick Wade, Deputy Editor

This paper describes a large population-based study in Ethiopia, designed to identify nutritional and non-nutritional predictors for the development of anaemia. The study found that micronutrients including iron (low serum ferritin), zinc, copper, selenium and folate influenced haemoglobin levels, but only to a modest degree. Non-nutritional factors such as older age, literacy and low BMI were also predictors of anaemia. These findings confirm that the causes of anaemia are complex and that a multifactorial approach is required to predict the risk of developing anaemia.

Paul Sharp, Deputy Editor

This paper is less technical and central to a major contemporary issue in nutrition, suggesting an explanation to predisposition to overweight and obesity.  It points to infant feeding practices.

Tom Brenna, Deputy Editor