Project Publications

The publication rules of the IDEFICS & I.Family studies are available here – IDEFICS-IFAMILY Publication Rules

I.Family publications are linked on this page and sorted according to the publication date.


Articles and publications from the I.Family Project:


Thumann B, Börnhorst C, Michels N, Veidebaum T, Solea A, Reisch L et al. The cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of psychosocial well-being with sleep duration and sleep quality in European children. Journal of Sleep Research. 2019.

Nappo A, Sparano, S, Intemann T, Kourides YA, Lissner L, Molnar D et al. Dietary Calcium intake and adiposity in children and adolescents: cross-sectional and longitudinal results from IDEFICS/I.Family cohort. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. 2019. (in press)

Bogl LH, Mehlig K, Intemann T, Masip G, Keski-Rajkonen A, Rusoo P et al. A within-sibling pair Analysis of lifestyle behaviours and BMI z-score in the multi-centre I.Family study. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. 2019. (in press)



Bramsved R, Regber S, Novak D, Mehlig K, Lissner L, Marild S. Parental education and family income affect birthweight, early longitudinal growth and body mass index development differently. Acta Paediatr. 2018

Rampelli S, Günther K, Turroni S, Wolters M, Veidebaum T, Kourides Y et al. Pre-obese children’s dysbiotic gut microbiome and unhealthy diets may predict the development of obesity. Communications Biology. 2018.

Hadjigeorgiou C, Solea A, Querol SE, Keski-Rahkonen A, Michels N, Russo P et al. Disordered eating in three different Age Groups in Cyprus: a comparative cross-sectional study. Public Health. 2018.

Iacomino G, Russo P, Marena P, Lauria F, Venezia A, Ahrens W et al. Circulating microRNAs are associated with early childhood obesity: results of the I.Family Study. Genes & Nutrition. 2018. (accepted)

Scholle O, Jilani H, Riedel O, Banaschewski T, Hadjigeorgiou C, Hunsberger M, et al. on behalf of the I.Family Consortium. Use of Nutritional Supplements in Youth with Medicated and Unmedicated Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2018. DOI: 10.1089/cap.2018.0060

Murtas R, Krogh V, Intemann T, Lissner L, Eiben G, Molnar D, et al. on behalf of the I.Family consortium. Does providing assistance to children and adolescents increase repeatability and plausibility of self-reporting using a web-based dietary recall instrument? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.07.017

Bogl LH, Wolters M, Börnhorst C, Intemann T, Reisch LA, Ahrens W, Hebestreit A. Dietary habits and obesity in European children. Results from the IDEFICS/I.Family cohort/ Ernährungsgewohnheiten und Adipositas bei europäischen Kindern. Ergebnisse aus der IDEFICS/I.Family-Kohorte. Ernährungsumschau international. 2018.

Perlaki G, Molnar D, Smeets PA, Ahrens W, Wolters M, Eiben G, et al. Volumetric gray matter measures of amygdala and accumbens in childhood overweight/obesity. PLOS ONE. 2018. Available at:

Rampelli S, Günther K, Turroni S, Wolters M, Veidebaum T, Kourides Y, et al. Gut microbiome is associated with diet, physical activity and health in children with or without excessive weight gain. Communications Biology. 2018

Langeheine M, Pohlabeln H, Lauria F, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Molnar D, et al. Attrition in the European child cohort IDEFICS/I.Family: Exploring associations between attrition and body mass index. Frontiers in Pediatrics, section Children and Health. Available at:

Mehlig K, Bogl LH, Hunsberger M, Ahrens W, de Henauw S, Iguacel I, Jilani H, et al. Children’s propensity to consume sugar and fat predicts regular alcohol consumption in adolescence. Public Health Nutrition. Available at:

Intemann T, Pigeot I, de Henauw S, Eiben G, LissnerL, Krogh V, et al. Urinary sucrose and fructose as biomarkers of  sugar intake in children: results from the I.Family study. Available at:



Ahrens W, Siani A, Adan R, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Gwozdz W, et al. Cohort Profile: The transition from childhood to adolescence in European children-how I.Family extends the IDEFICS cohort. Int J Epidemiol. 2017;46(5):1394-5j. Available at:

Arvidsson L. Diets of European children, with focus on BMI, well-being, and families – The IDEFICS/I.Family cohort. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg; 2017. (PhD Thesis,

Bogl LH, Silventoinen K, Hebestreit A, Intemann T, Williams G, Michels N, et al. Familial Resemblance in Dietary Intakes of Children, Adolescents, and Parents: Does Dietary Quality Play a Role? Nutrients. 2017;9(8).

Börnhorst C, Siani A, Tornaritis M, Molnar D, Lissner L, Regber S, et al. Potential selection effects when estimating associations between the infancy peak or adiposity rebound and later body mass index in children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017;41(4):518-26. Available at:

Coumans JMJ, Danner UN, Ahrens W, Hebestreit A, Intemann T, Kourides YA, et al. The association of emotion-driven impulsiveness, cognitive inflexibility and decision-making with weight status in European adolescents. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017. Available at:

Coumans JMJ, Danner UN, Intemann T, De Decker A, Hadjigeorgiou C, Hunsberger M, et al. Emotion-driven impulsiveness and snack food consumption of European adolescents: Results from the I.Family study. Appetite. 2017;123:152-9. Available at:

Cozzolino R, De Giulio B, Marena P, Martignetti A, Gunther K, Lauria F, et al. Urinary volatile organic compounds in overweight compared to normal-weight children: results from the Italian I.Family cohort. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):15636. Available at:

De Decker A. Children’s reward motivation, dietary habits and body composition changes. Ghent: Ghent University; 2017. (PhD Thesis,

De Decker A, Verbeken S, Sioen I, Van Lippevelde W, Braet C, Eiben G, et al. Palatable food consumption in children: interplay between (food) reward motivation and the home food environment. Eur J Pediatr. 2017;176(4):465-74. Available at:  (Erratum to this paper: DOI 10.1007/s00431-017-2890-3)

Estecha S, Danner UN, Keski-Rahkonen A, Hoek HW, Adan RA. Dieting and binge eating in a large European cohort of adolescents: the I.Family study. Appetite. 2016;101. Available at:

Hebestreit A, Intemann T, Siani A, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Kourides YA, et al. Dietary Patterns of European Children and Their Parents in Association with Family Food Environment: Results from the I.Family Study. Nutrients. 2017;9(2). Available at:

Intemann T, Hebestreit H, Reisch LA, Williams G, Lissner L, Williams M, Et al. Obesogenic diets in European children – from nutrients to upstream factors. J WHO regional office Europe. 2017;3(4): 663-76.  Available at:

Jilani HS, Intemann T, Bogl LH, Eiben G, Molnar D, Moreno LA, et al. Familial aggregation and socio-demographic correlates of taste preferences in European children. BMC Nutrition. 2017;3(1):87. Available at:

Nie P, Gwozdz W, Reisch L, Sousa-Poza A. Values, Norms, and Peer Effects on Weight Status. J Obes. 2017;2017:2849674. Available at:

Sanchez J, Pico C, Ahrens W, Foraita R, Fraterman A, Moreno LA, et al. Transcriptome analysis in blood cells from children reveals potential early biomarkers of metabolic alterations. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017;41(10):1481-8. Available at:

van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Viergever MA, Adan RAH, Smeets PAM, Consortium IF. Considering healthiness promotes healthier choices but modulates medial prefrontal cortex differently in children compared with adults. Neuroimage. 2017;159:325-33. Available at:

van Meer F. Neural processing of healthy foods in normal-weight and overweight children and adults. Utrecht: Utrecht University; 2017. (PhD Thesis)

Williams G, Pigeot I. Consent and confidentiality in the light of recent demands for data sharing. Biom J. 2017;59(2):240-50. Available at:

Wolters M, Dering C, Siani A, Russo P, Kaprio J, Rise P, et al. The role of a FADS1 polymorphism in the association of fatty acid blood levels, BMI and blood pressure in young children-Analyses based on path models. PLoS One. 2017;12(7):e0181485. Available at:



Estecha S, Danner U, Keski-Rahkonen A, Hoek H, Adan RA. Dieting and binge eating in a large European cohort of adolescents: the I.Family study2016. 230 p.

Iacomino G, Russo P, Stillitano I, Lauria F, Marena P, Ahrens W, et al. Circulating microRNAs are deregulated in overweight/obese children: preliminary results of the I.Family study. Genes Nutr. 2016;11:7. Available at:

Tucker F. Developing Autonomy and Transitional Paternalism. Bioethics. 2016;30(9):759-66. Available at:

van Meer F, Charbonnier L, Smeets PA. Food Decision-Making: Effects of Weight Status and Age. Curr Diab Rep. 2016;16(9):84. Available at:

van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Charbonnier L, Viergever MA, Adan RA, Smeets PA, et al. Developmental differences in the brain response to unhealthy food cues: an fMRI study of children and adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016;104(6):1515-22. Available at:

Wirsik N. Statistical modeling of physical activity based on accelerometer data. Bremen: University of Bremen; 2016. (PhD Thesis,

Wolters M, Pala V, Russo P, Rise P, Moreno LA, De Henauw S, et al. Associations of Whole Blood n-3 and n-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids with Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents – Results from the IDEFICS/I.Family Cohort. PLoS One. 2016;11(11):e0165981. Available at:



Arvidsson L, Bogl LH, Eiben G, Hebestreit A, Nagy P, Tornaritis M, et al. Fat, sugar and water intakes among families from the IDEFICS intervention and control groups: first observations from I.Family. Obes Rev. 2015;16 Suppl 2:127-37. Available at:

Buck C, Dreger S, Pigeot I. Anonymisation of address coordinates for microlevel analyses of the built environment: a simulation study. BMJ Open. 2015;5(3):e006481. Available at:

Priego T, Sanchez J, Pico C, Ahrens W, De Henauw S, Kourides Y, et al. TAS1R3 and UCN2 Transcript Levels in Blood Cells Are Associated With Sugary and Fatty Food Consumption in Children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100(9):3556-64. Available at:

van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Adan RA, Viergever MA, Smeets PA. What you see is what you eat: an ALE meta-analysis of the neural correlates of food viewing in children and adolescents. Neuroimage. 2015;104:35-43. Available at:



Bornhorst C, Huybrechts I, Hebestreit A, Krogh V, De Decker A, Barba G, et al. Usual energy and macronutrient intakes in 2-9-year-old European children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014;38 Suppl 2:S115-23. Available at:



Buck C, Börnhorst C, Pohlabeln H, Huybrechts I, Pala V, Reisch L, et al. Clustering of unhealthy food around German schools and its influence on dietary behavior in school children: a pilot study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013;10:65. Available at:



Williams G. Children as means and ends in large-scale medical research. Bioethics. 2012;26(8):422-30. Available at:


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