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Profile of European adults interested in internet-based personalized nutrition: The Food4Me Study

Livingstone, K., Celis-Morales, C., Navas-Carretero, S., San-Cristobal, R., O’Donovan, C., Forster, H., Woolhead, C., Marsaux, C., Macready, A. ORCID:, Fallaize, R., Kolossa, S., Tsirigoti, L., Lambrinou, C., Moschonis, G., Godlewska, M., Surwiłło, A., Drevon, C., Manios, Y., Traczyk, I., Gibney, E. , Brennan, L., Walsh, M., Lovegrove, J. ORCID:, Martinez, J., Saris, W., Daniel, H., Gibney, M. and Mathers, J. (2016) Profile of European adults interested in internet-based personalized nutrition: The Food4Me Study. European Journal of Nutrition, 55 (2). pp. 759-769. ISSN 1436-6215

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Purpose Personalised intervention may have greater potential for reducing the global burden of non-communicable diseases and for promoting better health and wellbeing across the life-span than the conventional “one size fits all” approach. However, the characteristics of individuals interested in personalised nutrition (PN) are unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of European adults interested in taking part in an internet-based PN study. Methods Individuals from seven European countries (UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and Poland) were invited to participate in the study via the Food4Me website ( Two screening questionnaires were used to collect data on socio-demographic, anthropometric and health characteristics as well as dietary intakes. Results A total of 5662 individuals expressed an interest in the study (mean age 40 ± 12.7; range 15-87 years). Of these 64.6% were female and 96.9% were Caucasian. Overall, 12.9% were smokers and 46.8% reported the presence of a clinically diagnosed disease. Furthermore, 46.9% were overweight or obese and 34.9% were sedentary during leisure time. Assessment of dietary intakes showed that 54.3% of individuals reported consuming at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, 45.9% consumed more than 3 servings of wholegrains and 37.2% limited their salt intake to less than 5.75g per day. Conclusions Our data indicate that individuals volunteering to participate in an internet-based PN study are broadly representative of the European adult population, most of whom had adequate nutrient intakes but who could benefit from improved dietary choices and greater physical activity. Future use of internet-based PN approaches is thus relevant to a wide target audience.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
ID Code:39976


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