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Titolo: The IDEFICS cohort: design, characteristics and participation in the baseline survey.

Anno di pubblicazione: 2011

Autori: W Ahrens, K Bammann, A Siani, K Buchecker, S De Henauw, L Iacoviello, A Hebestreit, V Krogh, L Lissner, S Mårild, D Molnįr, L A Moreno, Y Pitsiladis, L Reisch, M Tornaritis, T Veidebaum, I Pigeot, on behalf of the IDEFICS Consortium

Affiliazioni autori: 1Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, University Bremen, Bremen, Germany; 2Unit of Epidemiology and Population Genetics, Institute of Food Sciences, National Research Council, Avellino, Italy; 3Bremerhaven Technology- Transfer-Center, Bremerhaven, Germany; 4Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium; 5Centre for High Technology Research and Education in Biomedical Sciences, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Campobasso, Italy; 6Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milano, Italy; 7Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; 8Department of Paediatrics, Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; 9Department of Paediatrics, Medical Faculty, University of PeĀcs, PeĀcs, Hungary; 10Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development Research Group, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain; 11Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; 12Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark; 13Research and Education Institute of Child Health, Strovolos, Cyprus and 14National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Background: The European IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of dietary-and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants) study was set up to determine the aetiology of overweight, obesity and related disorders in children, and to develop and evaluate a tailored primary prevention programme. Objective: This paper focuses on the aetiological element of the multicentre study, the measures and examinations, sociodemographic characteristics of the study sample and proportions of participation. Design: Prospective cohort study with an embedded intervention study that started with a baseline survey in eight countries in 2007-2008. Subjects and measurements: Baseline participants of the prospective cohort study were 16 224 children aged 2-9 years. Parents reported sociodemographic, behavioural, medical, nutritional and other lifestyle data for their children and families. Examinations of children included anthropometry, blood pressure, fitness, accelerometry, DNA from saliva and physiological markers in blood and urine. The built environment, sensory taste perception and other mechanisms of children's food choices and consumer behaviour were studied in subgroups. Results: Between 1507 and 2567, children with a mean age of 6.0 years and an even sex distribution were recruited from each country. Of them, 82% lived in two-parent families. The distribution of standardised income levels differed by study sample, with low-income groups being strongly represented in Cyprus, Italy and Germany. At least one 24-h dietary recall was obtained for two-thirds of the children. Blood pressure and anthropometry were assessed in more than 90%. A 3-day accelerometry was performed in 46%, motor fitness was assessed in 41%, cardiorespiratory fitness in 35% and similar to 11% participated in taste perception tests. The proportion of children donating venous blood, urine and saliva was 57, 86 and 88%, respectively. Conclusion: The IDEFICS cohort provides valuable data to investigate the interplay of social, environmental, genetic, physiological and behavioural factors in the development of major diet-and lifestyle-related disorders affecting children at present.

Lingua abstract: inglese

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International journal of obesity Macmillan, Nature Publishing
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0307-0565

Numero volume: 35 Suppl 1

DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2011.30

Referee: Sģ: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000289515100002]

Parole chiave:

  • childhood morbidity
  • children
  • European
  • prospective cohort study
  • risk factors

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