The IDEFICS Study, designed to run for five years, commenced in September
2006 under the coordination of the Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, at the University of Bremen.
The study is funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme.
The study will deliver reliable data to make an international assessment of the problem of "obesity in children" possible. The focus of the IDEFICS Study lies in exploring the risks for overweight and obesity in children as well as associated long-term consequences. In addition, the EU-wide study offers a unique possibility to measure in how far sensory perception and preferences of children influence the development of overweight.
Beyond pure research, IDEFICS will offer activities for health promotion and prevention in kindergartens and schools. These prevention programmes will be developed, implemented and evaluated within the IDEFICS Study.
The results of the study will be incorporated into various guidelines on nutritional, behavioural and lifestyle as well as ethical aspects in all participating countries.
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