The IDEFICS Cohort

Design, Characteristics and Participation in the Baseline Survey

Wolfgang Ahrens, Karin Bammann, Alfonso Siani, Kirsten Buchecker, Stefaan De Henauw, Licia Lacoviello, Antje Hebestreit, Vittorio Krogh, Lauren Lissner, Staffan Mårild, Dénes Molnár, Luis A. Moreno, Yannis Pitsiladis, Lucia Reisch, Michael Tornaritis, Toomas Veidebaum, Iris Pigeot

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    Abstract

    The European IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of dietary- and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants) study was set up to determine the aetiology of overweight, obesity and related disorders in children, and to develop and evaluate a tailored primary prevention programme.
    Objective:
    This paper focuses on the aetiological element of the multicentre study, the measures and examinations, sociodemographic characteristics of the study sample and proportions of participation.
    Design:
    Prospective cohort study with an embedded intervention study that started with a baseline survey in eight countries in 2007–2008.

    Subjects and measurements:
    Baseline participants of the prospective cohort study were 16 224 children aged 2–9 years. Parents reported sociodemographic, behavioural, medical, nutritional and other lifestyle data for their children and families. Examinations of children included anthropometry, blood pressure, fitness, accelerometry, DNA from saliva and physiological markers in blood and urine. The built environment, sensory taste perception and other mechanisms of children's food choices and consumer behaviour were studied in subgroups.
    Results:
    Between 1507 and 2567, children with a mean age of 6.0 years and an even sex distribution were recruited from each country. Of them, 82% lived in two-parent families. The distribution of standardised income levels differed by study sample, with low-income groups being strongly represented in Cyprus, Italy and Germany. At least one 24-h dietary recall was obtained for two-thirds of the children. Blood pressure and anthropometry were assessed in more than 90%. A 3-day accelerometry was performed in 46%, motor fitness was assessed in 41%, cardiorespiratory fitness in 35% and ~11% participated in taste perception tests. The proportion of children donating venous blood, urine and saliva was 57, 86 and 88%, respectively.
    Conclusion:
    The IDEFICS cohort provides valuable data to investigate the interplay of social, environmental, genetic, physiological and behavioural factors in the development of major diet- and lifestyle-related disorders affecting children at present.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
    Volume35
    Pages (from-to)3-15
    ISSN0307-0565
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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    Ahrens, W., Bammann, K., Siani, A., Buchecker, K., De Henauw, S., Lacoviello, L., ... Pigeot, I. (2011). The IDEFICS Cohort: Design, Characteristics and Participation in the Baseline Survey. International Journal of Obesity, 35, 3-15.
    Ahrens, Wolfgang ; Bammann, Karin ; Siani, Alfonso ; Buchecker, Kirsten ; De Henauw, Stefaan ; Lacoviello, Licia ; Hebestreit, Antje ; Krogh, Vittorio ; Lissner, Lauren ; Mårild, Staffan ; Molnár, Dénes ; Moreno, Luis A. ; Pitsiladis, Yannis ; Reisch, Lucia ; Tornaritis, Michael ; Veidebaum, Toomas ; Pigeot, Iris. / The IDEFICS Cohort : Design, Characteristics and Participation in the Baseline Survey. In: International Journal of Obesity. 2011 ; Vol. 35. pp. 3-15.
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    Ahrens W, Bammann K, Siani A, Buchecker K, De Henauw S, Lacoviello L et al. The IDEFICS Cohort: Design, Characteristics and Participation in the Baseline Survey. International Journal of Obesity. 2011 Apr;35:3-15.