Children & Adolescents

10 healthy lifestyle tips for kids

10 January 2015

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike? The most important part was getting the balance right. Once you could balance easily, the pedals could turn smoothly, to drive the wheels and get the bike moving...


A Mediterranean-like diet is associated with lower weight in children, but has become less common in the region

29 June 2014

A team of researchers from eight European countries have found that a diet that is very similar to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower body weight and fat percentage in children...


Both genetics and environment may influence children’s food preferences

25 February 2014

Researchers from University College London, UK, performed a large-scale twin study to investigate the relative contribution of genetic and shared environment factors to children’s preferences for certain food groups...


The positive influence of family meals on children’s food choice

29 May 2013

In a recent study, Dr Skafida from the Centre for Population Health Sciences and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (University of Edinburgh) explored why family meals lead to better food choices among children...


EUFIC’s Cool Food Planet educational website

16 April 2013

In 2012 EUFIC launched www.coolfoodplanet.org, a new and exciting educational website for children, to help them learn about health, nutrition and food safety in a way that is engaging and fun.


Family plays an important role in promoting fruit and vegetable eating

19 February 2013

Children from families that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption are more likely to report eating fruits and vegetables each day. This association was most apparent for vegetable intakes in countries where children do not receive...


School lunch standards in Europe

09 May 2012

Cultural and economic differences influence the type and quality of school lunches throughout Europe. School lunch makes a substantial contribution to children’s total energy and nutritional intake. Therefore, there are efforts amongst governments...


Parental influence on children’s food preferences and energy intake

09 May 2012

New research suggests that the food preferences of young children could be related to their risk of becoming obese later in life. Parents and caregivers can influence young children’s food preferences, and here we discuss strategies that may be helpful and those which may be counterproductive.


Low vitamin D levels among European adolescents

06 September 2011

Sub-optimal vitamin D levels are highly prevalent among European adolescents, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.


Special nutritional requirements of the child athlete

10 March 2011

There are many health benefits to children from being highly active. However, the rapid period of growth during childhood and adolescence means that their nutritional requirements may differ from those of adults...


Child and adolescent nutrition

08 June 2006

To develop to their optimal potential, it is vital that children are provided with nutritionally sound diets. Diet and exercise patterns during childhood and adolescence may spell the difference between health and risk of disease in later years...