Children and adolescents

Children and adolescents

To develop to our maximum potential, it is vital that children and young people have nutritionally sound diets. Diet and exercise patterns during childhood and adolescence may contribute to the difference between health and risk of disease in later years.

Successful programmes to reduce childhood overweight and obesity

03 May 2018

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods to introduce healthy lifestyle habits. This article provides you with successful measures to prevent childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity (Infographic)

24 April 2018

Childhood obesity in Europe is increasing, with 1 in 3 11-year-olds classified as having developed either overweight or obesity. This infographic explains the risks of childhood obesity as well as highlighting 10 tips to encourage healthy habits in kids.

10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids

10 January 2015

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Increased diversity of food in the first year of life may help protect against allergies

01 July 2014

A broad range of foods in a child’s first year of life may help to prevent the development of allergic diseases. A team of European researchers studied feeding practices by parents in Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland to measure...

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, 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

Kids from families that encourage fruit & vegetable consumption are more likely to report eating them each day, which was mostly seen in countries where kids don’t receive free school lunch.

Nutrition Standards for Healthy School Lunches 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 Eating Habits

09 May 2012

Parents and caregivers can influence young children’s eating habits. Discover strategies that could prevent the risk of obesity later in a child's life.

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.

Nutrition for Children and Adolescents

08 June 2006

Different stages of the life cycle dictate different nutritional needs. It is vital that children and adolescents are provided with nutritionally sound diets.