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

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.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITÄT BREMEN, BREMEN INSTITUTE FOR PREVENTION RESEARCH, SOCIAL MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

Address

Bibliothekstrasse 1
Bremen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Wolfgang AHRENS (Professor)

Participants (22)

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GHENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium

RESEARCH & EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH

Cyprus

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE I

France

VEREIN ZUR FÖRDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

PÉCSI TUDOMÁNYEGYETEM (UNIVERSITY OF PÉCS)

Hungary

UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE, CENTRE FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF MILAN, ITALY

Italy

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL

Belgium

LABORATORIUMSMEDIZIN DORTMUND, DR. EBERHARD UND PARTNER

Germany

BIOTEL LTD

United Kingdom

PECS TV COMMUNICATION LTD

Hungary

AGORÀ MED SRL

Italy

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT

Estonia

GOCKEL DESIGN

Germany

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE PER LO STUDIO E LA CURA DEI tumourI (ITALIAN NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE)

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 16181

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 239 884

  • EU contribution

    € 13 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÄT BREMEN, BREMEN INSTITUTE FOR PREVENTION RESEARCH, SOCIAL MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

Germany