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Determining factors and critical periods in food habit formation and breaking in early childhood: a multidisciplinary approach

Objective

HabEat will bring together 11 European partners from 6 European countries with a multidisciplinary approach (psychology, epidemiology, behavioural science, nutrition, sensory science) to enable a key breakthrough in the understanding of how food habits are formed (and can also be changed) in infants and young children. This will be done by combining epidemiologic studies based on existing human cohorts from 4 countries and experimental work carried out in 6 countries so as to collaboratively identify: - the critical periods in the formation/breaking of food habits - the key learning mechanisms, their relative impact in the short, mid and long term and their importance according to the different critical periods - the most effective strategies for breaking habits, i.e. for changing from poor to healthy habits - Individual reactions to the learning mechanisms and individual susceptibility to changes Furthermore the project will work hand-in-hand with a board of stakeholder advisors (including industry, health professionals) to produce guidelines on the recommendations that should be communicated to childcare professionals and parents from different target groups (especially those most at risk) in different EU regions. HabEat will also propose strategies to policy makers for promoting practices to ensure healthy food habits in young infants and children as well as intervention strategies for enabling habit breaking taking into account individual differences and parental feeding strategies.

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 420 204

Administrative Contact

Sylvie Issanchou (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 371 230

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 248 040

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 323 586

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 329 700

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 295 108

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 227 706

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 181 623

HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 203 700

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 166 771

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 231 131

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245012

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 821 352,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 998 799

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France