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Determinants of eating behaviour in European children, adolescents and their parents

Objective

Nutrition-related diseases caused a loss of over 56 million years of healthy life of European citizens in 2000. I.Family will make a significant contribution to reduce this burden by studying the interplay and impact of the main drivers of dietary behaviour and food choice. It will take advantage of the unique opportunity to follow-up the large IDEFICS children’s cohort to not only provide added value by maintaining the existing cohort but also, exceptionally, assess the dynamic nature of causal factors over time and during transition into adolescence. The project’s acronym indicates its focus on the individual and its family. By re-assessing children and their parents I.Family will compare families who developed or maintained a healthy diet with those whose diet developed in an unfavourable direction to study the impact of biological, behavioural, social and environmental factors on dietary behaviour over time. Focus will be on the family environment, socio-behavioural and genetic factors determining familial aggregation. Subgroups with contrasting dietary profiles will undergo an enhanced protocol including measurement of brain activation, expression of genes related to food choice, biological and genetic basis for taste thresholds, role of sleep, sedentary time, physical activity and impact of the built environment. I.Family will also link health outcomes like body composition and cardio-metabolic markers to diet and interacting factors to determine their prognostic value. Thus I.Family provides strength of methodology, breadth of coverage and depth of investigation across the ecological model. Guided by research on ethical implications I.Family will be deriving effective communication strategies to empower European consumers to induce behaviour changes, supported by novel web-based, interactive personalised feedback on dietary behaviour. By building on existing success I.Family will take the research on dietary behaviour to the next level in a short time frame.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Address

Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 504 516,85

Administrative Contact

Wolfgang Ahrens (Prof.)

Participants (16)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 036 627,16

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 545 296,64

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 556 703,31

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 046 228,14

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 193 532,83

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 346 059,16

PECSI TUDOMANYEGYETEM - UNIVERSITY OF PECS

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 369 324,64

UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 614 239,54

EREVNITIKO KAI EKPAIDEFTIKO INSTITOUTO IGIA TOU PAIDIOU LBG

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 327 119,98

TERVISE ARENGU INSTITUUT

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 198 997,98

FONDAZIONE IRCCS ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DEI TUMORI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 132 564,79

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 406 386,63

MINERVA PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 292 126,65

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR PRAVENTIONSFORSCHUNG UND EPIDEMIOLOGIE - BIPS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 123 875,70

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 153 200

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 153 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266044

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2012

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 584 021,24

  • EU contribution

    € 9 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany