I.Family represented at major European obesity conference (28-31 May 2014)

The I.Family Study is one of 17 EU-funded projects which have been granted exhibition space at the European Congress on Obesity 2014 (ECO 2014) this week.

The annual event attracts thousands of delegates and this year is taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 28th to 31st May.  Experts from around the world will present abstracts and deliver symposia on themes including nutrition, behaviour, activity and environment; childhood and lifelong perspectives; prevention, public health and epidemiology; and obesity as a gateway to other diseases.  International media will also be in attendance.

Kate Viggers of project partner Minerva PRC Ltd is attending on behalf of I.Family.  She says, “ECO 2014 is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of I.Family, build links with similar studies and gather contacts for our stakeholder database, so we can keep more people up to date with the latest news and developments from the I.Family Study.”

ECO has three objectives:  to provide a forum for the dissemination of information about state of the art research in the field of obesity; to foster the identification of innovative preventive and treatment strategies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its associated burden of diseases; to provide networking opportunities for experts in the field of obesity research and management.

According to the European Association for the Study of Obesity, which organises the event, “obesity is now seen as a major political and health issue in Europe, and ECO provides an essential platform for discussion on the latest scientific developments in the field.”

ENDS/Contacts and Notes follow

Media contact for I.Family Study –Kate Viggers/Rhonda Smith +44 (0) 1264 326427 /
+44 (0)7921804641  info@minervacomms.net or rhonda@minervacomms.net  

Notes for Editors:

  1. The I.Family Study is an EC funded project under Framework 7 of the KBBE programme running from March 2012 to February 2017. It has 17 partners, working across 11 countries and with cohorts in 8 European countries – Germany, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Cyprus, Estonia, Spain and Belgium.
  2. The Study has two strategic objectives:
    (1) Understand the interplay between barriers against and drivers towards healthy food choice;
    (2) Develop and disseminate strategies to induce changes that promote healthy dietary behaviour in European consumers especially adolescents and their parents
  3. The I.Family Study is re-assessing the families first engaged with the Identification and Prevention of Dietary- and Lifestyle-Induced Health Effects in Children and Infants Study (IDEFICS), when children were below 10 years of age, now that they move into adolescence – the ‘tween’ years – identifying those families that have adopted a healthy approach to food and eating habits and those that have not. I. Family is adopting a holistic approach by also investigating the biological, behavioural, social and environmental factors that drive dietary behaviour as children journey towards adulthood.




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