Project: Dietary Patterns in the Ageing European Population: an Interdisciplinary Approach to combat Overweight-Related Metabolic Diseases.

Duration 01/02/2020 - 31/01/2023
Project Topic An epidemic of overweight/obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardio-metabolic diseases is emerging at planetary level, and healthy nutrition represents a critical help to counteract this trend. Unfortunately, simplistic guidelines failed totally or partially, mainly because of the complexity and heterogeneity of nutrition/dietary habits in humans. EURODIET will tackle such complexity and the urgent/unmet need of integrated studies by investigating how the combination of variables usually analysed separately (ethnicity/geography, sex/gender, socio-economic status/education, previous dietary habits, physical activity and smoking) affects adoption of healthy dietary habits and conventional as well as novel metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers in a large number of subjects spanning from 50 to 79 years of age. This approach is feasible being EURODIET a multidisciplinary consortium having access to existing datasets/biological samples of large European projects SHARE and NU-AGE and will: i) integrate existing cohorts and collect new ad hoc data (e.g. omics-based biomarker identification) on these samples; ii) based on existing data collected at two time points within the NU-AGE project, perform a follow-up study on dietary habits, health status and incident diseases on a subsample of subjects, iii) perform two proof-of-concept randomized controlled trials to assess the effects of adherence to a healthy a whole-diet approach in adults with and without metabolic disease; iv) determine facilitators and barriers for adherence to healthy dietary patterns; v) bridge the gap between academic research, public health practice and the food production industry; vi) provide state-of-the-art training to young scientists focusing on the importance of addressing/combining biological and non-biological variables in dietary interventions and metabolic diseases.
Call 3rd Cofund Call: Impact of Diet, Food Components and Food Processing on Body Weight Regulation and Overweight Related Metabolic Diseases

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 School of Health Sciences Örebro University Coordinator Sweden
2 Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna Partner Italy
3 Universitat de Valencia Partner Spain
4 University of Barcelona Partner Spain
5 Lancaster University Observer United Kingdom
6 Lantmännen Observer Sweden