The IDEFICS study collected information on food knowledge, food preferences, sensory taste preferences, sensory taste thresholds, as well as actual food choice of children, to reveal their possible links to overweight/obesity in childhood.
Descriptions of the used methods and main results can be found in following publications:

  • Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Sensory taste preferences and taste sensitivity and the association of unhealthy food patterns with overweight and obesity in primary school children in Europe - A synthesis of data from the IDEFICS study. Flavour. 2015;4(8):1-9. dx.doi.org/10.1186/2044-7248-4-8
  • Lanfer A, Bammann K, Knof K, Buchecker K, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Kourides Y, De Henauw S,  Molnar D, Bel-Serrat S, Lissner L, Ahrens W. Predictors and correlates of taste preferences in European children: The IDEFICS study. Food Quality and Preference 27 (2013) 128–136 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2012.09.006
  • Reisch LA, Gwozdz W, Barba G, De Henauw S, Lascorz N, Pigeot I. Experimental evidence on the impact of food advertising on children's knowledge about and preferences for healthful food. J Obes. 2013;2013:408582. doi: 10.1155/2013/408582. Epub 2013 Apr 17.
  • Knof K, Lanfer A, Bildstein MO, Buchecker K, Hilz H; IDEFICS Consortium. Development of a method to measure sensory perception in children at the European level. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Apr;35 Suppl 1:S131-6. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2011.45.
  • Lanfer A, Knof K, Barba G, Veidebaum T, Papoutsou S, de Henauw S, Soós T, Moreno LA, Ahrens W, Lissner L. Taste preferences in association with dietary habits and weight status in European children: results from the IDEFICS study. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012 Jan;36(1):27-34. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2011.164. Epub 2011 Aug 16.