B4324 - From adolescence eating behaviors and dieting to adulthood adiposity and food preferences - 15/05/2023

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Principal applicant name: 
Faranak Halali | Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
Dr. Leila Karhunen, Dr. Heli Viljakainen
Title of project: 
From adolescence eating behaviors and dieting to adulthood adiposity and food preferences
Proposal summary: 

Adolescents are more likely to become dissatisfied with their body as they could be more easily influenced by their peers and media and internalize bodily norms. In order to alter their body, adolescents may use several strategies such as restrained eating or dieting. Eating restraint and dieting during adolescence could interfere with physical growth and cognitive development, predispose them to weight gain, prompt disinhibited eating, and increase risk of severe eating disorders. Furthermore, health-related habits such as dieting and eating behaviors tend to persist into adulthood.
There is a gap in research about the associations between a combination of different dimensions of eating behaviors in adolescence and health behaviors in adulthood. This research aims to address this gap by studying how adolescents with distinct profile of eating behavior dimensions, including restrained eating and uncontrolled eating, differ from each other during their adulthood in terms of body composition and food preferences. Findings could assist in identifying adolescents at higher risk of obesity and less healthy food choices with regards to dimensions of eating behavior.

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Date proposal received: 
Sunday, 30 April, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 15 May, 2023
Nutrition and eating behavior, Obesity, Anthropometry and clinical measures, questionnaires, Physical - activity, fitness, function