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Background Information

Obesity and overweight

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Science Briefs

Recommendations from WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

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Does wheat make us fat and sick?

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Striking differences of overweight and obesity rates in schoolchildren across Europe

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What's new in obesity research - Highlights from the 11th International Congress on Obesity 2010 13/04/2011
Highlights from the 22nd European Congress on Obesity 2015 02/07/2015
Highlights from the 21st European Congress on Obesity 2014 19/12/2014
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Press release

Do Europeans want governments to direct their eating choices?

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Policies for a healthier European diet: are they effective?

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Leading scientists meet to discuss childhood obesity in Europe

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Videos and webinars
Food in Action: Challenging obesity through motivation and behavioural change 29/11/2007
Energy Balance Explained 13/03/2015
DIETS-EFAD Conference Webinars: Understanding sweetness: translating the science into everyday practice for dietitians. 04/06/2015
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Food Today

Preventing childhood obesity through community-based initiatives

Prevention is widely recognised to be the most efficient and cost-effective way to tackle the obesity epidemic; the most promising approaches target populations rather than individuals, are focused on environmental and policy changes, and require multi-sectoral responses. This article looks at existing community-based initiatives in Europe.

Can policies create a healthier Europe?

Healthy eating policy interventions need to be systematically evaluated for their impact in order to establish what works and what doesn’t. The EATWELL project (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations) aims to identify the successes, failures and uncertainties of such campaigns. The results of this EU-funded 7th Framework project will be used to provide advice for policy makers for creating more successful healthy eating policy interventions.

Preventing childhood obesity – guidance from previous studies (4/4)

This is the last in the series of articles examining the prevention of childhood obesity and will look at the overall guidance gleaned from earlier studies which can be used to inform and improve future interventions.

Preventing childhood obesity - examining the setting (3/4)

Previously in this series of articles we discussed key messages for the primary prevention of childhood obesity, and how the age, gender and ethnicity of the target children affect outcome. Now we examine the influence of the setting on programme success.

Preventing childhood obesity - examining what initiatives work (2/4)

Programmes to prevent childhood overweight and obesity, which focus on modification of dietary behaviour, increasing physical activity or reducing sedentary behaviour, have been underway for a number of years in countries all over the world. Encouraging results have provided useful data for the development of future initiatives. This is the second in a series of articles discussing current research on the prevention of childhood obesity.

It's time to tackle childhood obesity (1/4)

As levels of overweight and obesity in European children continue to rise, it is generally agreed that preventive action is needed urgently. However, there is still much debate over when and how to introduce interventions and what precise measures should be used. Here are some of the considerations
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Other articles

Is sugar really that bad for you?

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IDEFICS - Identification and prevention of Dietary- and lifestyle-induced health EFfects In Children and infantS

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The BMI Calculator

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Towards sustainable food research

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Q&A Food and addictive behaviour

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Energy Balance

With only some basic data, the energy balance calculator defines your Body Mass Index (BMI), your daily energy requirements and if you are at risk for certain diseases.

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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