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Identification and prevention of dietary- and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants

Objective

The environment of infants and children has drastically changed in Europe during the last decades as reflected in alterations of behaviour, unhealthy dietary habits, and low physical activity. Nutrition obviously plays a part in the development of overweight in childhood. Moreover, dietary factors are also thought to be involved in the development of metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes etc. In this IP, we focus on overweight and obesity as major components of the metabolic syndrome and on musculoskeletal disorders. The latter share risk factors with overweight but they are also of interest on their own. To stop the resulting epidemic of diet- and lifestyle-induced morbidity, evidence-based efficient approaches are needed. The IP shall identify risk profile inventories for children susceptible to any of these disorders and their comorbid conditions and shall devise tailored prevention strategies that are effective, easy to implement and that account for the needs of different social groups. Genetic and non-genetic factors, psycho-social factors and social settings will be considered in the research. Population-based studies will investigate the impact of sensory perception and provide results concerning internal and external factors, children's consumer behaviour and short and long-term effects of food choices. The IP will consider societies' use of information on individual risk factors as well as on individuals' rights and responsibilities. The ethical implications of a 'right not to know' of genetic factors and the use of individual data will be addressed. The IP will propose a knowledge-based set of guidelines on dietary and lifestyle activities for health promotion and disease prevention in children for health professionals, stakeholders, channels, and consumers at a pan European level and for individual countries.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-FOOD-3-A
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITÄT BREMEN, BREMEN INSTITUTE FOR PREVENTION RESEARCH, SOCIAL MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
Bremen
Germany

Participants (22)

GHENT UNIVERSITY
Belgium
Address
Sint-pietersnieuwstraat 25
Ghent
RESEARCH & EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH
Cyprus
Address
138 Limassol Ave, #205
Strovolos
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE I
France
Address
621 Avenue Centrale, Domaine Universitaire
Grenoble
VEREIN ZUR FÖRDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.
Germany
Address
An Der Karlstadt 10
Bremerhaven
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
University Avenue
Glasgow
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg
Lancaster
PÉCSI TUDOMÁNYEGYETEM (UNIVERSITY OF PÉCS)
Hungary
Address
Szanto Kovacs J. 1/B
Pecs
UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE, CENTRE FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Italy
Address
Largo Gemelli, 1
Milan
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Rome
UNIVERSITY OF MILAN, ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono, 7
Milano
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
Address
Pedro Cerbuna 12
Zaragoza
UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS
Spain
Address
Son Lledo. Cra De Valldemossa Km 7.5
Palma
GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
100 Göteborg
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL
Belgium
Address
19, Rue Guimard
Brussels
LABORATORIUMSMEDIZIN DORTMUND, DR. EBERHARD UND PARTNER
Germany
Address
Brauhausstr. 4
Dortmund
BIOTEL LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Westbrooke House, 76 High Street, Alton, Hampshire
Alton
PECS TV COMMUNICATION LTD
Hungary
Address
Lyceum Street 7
Pecs
AGORÀ MED SRL
Italy
Address
Centro Direzionale - Isola E7
Napoli
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
Estonia
Address
Hiiu St. 42
Tallinn
GOCKEL DESIGN
Germany
Address
Kaiser-wilhelm-allee 45
Wuppertal
COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Denmark
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE PER LO STUDIO E LA CURA DEI tumourI (ITALIAN NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE)
Italy
Address
Via G. Venezian, 1
Milan