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.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project