I.Family researcher publishes on EUFIC
A team of researchers from eight European countries found that a diet that is very similar to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower body weight and fat percentage in children. They also found that this diet is not common among children in Mediterranean countries. The researchers were partners in the EU-funded IDEFICS study (2006-2012), one of the largest studies to investigate health effects of a changing diet, lifestyle, and social environment and develop intervention approaches for two to ten-year olds. IDEFICS is an intervention study involving 16,220 children from eight European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Sweden). I.Family is continuing to monitor children first engaged in IDEFICS as they move into adolescence.
Dr Gianluca Tognon, a researcher from UGOT, has published a report on the EUFIC website about this study.