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Temptations to Eat Moderated by Personal and Environmental Self-regulation Tools

Objective

The prevalence of overweight amongst European children and adolescents has risen at an alarming rate in the past decades, with major repercussions for their health in the short and long term. Existing prevention programmes to combat the epidemic either highlight a public health approach (employing incentive schemes such as taxing of foods) or an individual-educational approach to encourage young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Until now, both approaches have met with limited success. The aim of the TEMPEST project is to investigate how both approaches may complement each other in order to develop more effective preventive interventions. Public health approaches to prevent overweight are important as they are easy-to-implement and can be employed independently from active participation of the target group. However, they may be powerless in an ‘obesogenic’ environment that is characterized by huge amounts of food and inactivity temptations. The TEMPEST project introduces the novel concept of self-regulatory competence (SRC; the ability to inhibit unwanted responses to temptations) for dealing with such temptations as the key factor in prevention of overweight. The main hypothesis states that increasing SRC allows youth to take better advantage of public health efforts that draw on (non)financial incentive schemes, and will be examined in nine European countries which vary in their public health policies and programmes. The project has four major objectives: 1) Develop a youth-specific SRC Scale for dealing with weight-related temptations that is culturally valid across Europe; 2) Determine the impact of existing incentive schemes and other socio-economic and socio-cultural factors on SRC and weight-related behaviours; 3) Examine the influence of new, experimental incentive schemes on SRC and weight-related behaviours; and 4) Determine the impact of temptations on SRC and weight-related behaviours in social contexts that differ in their appreciation of SRC.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Denise De Ridder (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 686 236

Participants (8)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 330 124
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marion Wolpers (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 224 272
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Brunsø (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 600
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Mayer (Mr.)
SWPS UNIWERSYTET HUMANISTYCZNOSPOLECZNY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 78 184
Address
Ul. Chodakowska 19/31
03 815 Warszawa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aleksandra Luszczynska (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA - UTL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 199 608
Address
Alameda De St Antonio Dos Capuchos 1
1169 047 Lisboa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margarida Gaspar De Matos (Prof.)
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 122 976
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu 1
400084 Cluj Napoca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adriana Baban (Prof.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 216 590
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kent Lee (Mr.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 287 528
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaakko Penttinen (Mr.)