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Titolo: Understanding and preventing childhood obesity and related disorders IDEFICS: A European multilevel epidemiological approach.

Anno di pubblicazione: 2006

Autori: Ahrens W; Bammann K; de Henauw S; Halford J; Palou A; Pigeot I; Siani A; Sjostrom M.

Affiliazioni autori: Division of Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research, Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine (BIPS), University of Bremen, Linzer Strasse 10, D-28359 Bremen, Germany Department of Public Health/Department of Movement and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium Kissileff Laboratory, School of Psychology and Division Clinical Epidemiology and Chronic Illness, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology, University Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Unit of Epidemiology and Population Genetics, Institute of Food Science and Technology, National Research Council, Avellino, Italy Unit for Preventive Nutrition, Department of Biosciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: The environment of children has drastically changed in Europe during the last decades as reflected in unhealthy dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle. Nutrition obviously plays a part in the development of overweight in childhood. However, dietary factors and physical activity are also involved in the development of metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and postural deformities like scoliosis, effects related in part to excessive weight gain. To stop the resulting epidemic of diet- and lifestyle-induced morbidity, efficient evidence-based approaches are needed. These issues are the focus of IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of dietary- and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants), a five-year project proposed under the sixth EU framework. The IDEFICS consortium comprises 25 research centres and SMEs across Europe. The planned prospective study will identify risk profile inventories for children susceptible to any of these disorders with emphasis on obesity and its co-morbid conditions. Genetic and non-genetic factors, psychosocial factors and social settings will be considered. The project will devise tailored prevention strategies that are effective, easy to implement and that account for the needs of different social groups. Population-based studies will investigate the impact of sensory perception and provide results concerning internal and external triggers of food choices and children's consumer behaviour. The ethical implications of a "right not to know" of genetic factors will be addressed. We will propose knowledge-based guidelines on dietary and lifestyle activities for health promotion and disease prevention in children for health professionals, stakeholders and consumers.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 302

Pagine a: 308


NMCD. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases Medikal Press.
Paese di pubblicazione: Italia
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0939-4753

Numero volume: 16

DOI: 10.1016/j.numecd.2006.01.011

Referee: Sė: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000238231600010]

Parole chiave:

  • obesity
  • children
  • epidemiology
  • aetiology
  • primary prevention

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