Early Nutrition and Long-Term Health

Why nutrition  in early life matters?

Task Force Information

Objectives and List of Task Force members

Contact Information

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Activity Overview

Overview of ongoing and upcoming activities

Expert Groups

Objectives, output and list of experts involved in each activity

Publications

List of publications of this Task Force

Multimedia

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Completed Expert Groups

Details of previous activities

Task Force Information

Objectives

The Task Force aims at providing scientific evidence to support guidelines for maternal and infant nutrition to ensure life-time optimal health. It also identifies risk factors for obesity and other health consequences at the earliest stages of life.

Task Force Members

Contact Information

For more detailed information, please contact Ching-Yu Chang at cchang@ilsieurope.be or Belinda Antonio at bantonio@ilsieurope.be

Activity Overview

Body composition early in life and long-term health - Ongoing -

Objectives

This activity will review the available evidence on the factors that influence body composition during fatal life, infancy and childhood and on the association of body composition with long-term health outcomes. In addition, a gap analysis will be performed to outline future research needs.

Early biomarkers for prediction of metabolic health - Ongoing -

Objectives
The aim of the activity is to review biomarkers in early life that could be used to predict development of childhood obesity and metabolic health. This prediction may drive development and knowledge of personalized (infant) nutrition. The focus of the activity will be on both invasive and non-invasive, perinatal and postnatal biomarkers.

Lipid quality in early life nutrition - Upcoming -

Objectives
The activity aims to generate an overview of the dietary lipid quality in the first year of life and to what extent this brings or relates to health benefits to its consumers with a particular focus on exploring appropriate intake levels of SFA and MUFA.
Expert results
Peer-reviewed journal article (‘white paper’).
The content will cover expert insights and hopefully a concluding consensus on the FA profile of first year of life diet. It will identify knowledge gaps and outline plans for future research and possibly a basis for new EFSA recommendations.

 

Expert Groups

Review and Gap Analysis of Factors Affecting Body Composition in Fetal Life, Infancy and Childhood and Association to Long-Term Health

Background and Objectives

The clinical significance of differences in body composition (fat, bone and muscle) during fatal life, infancy and childhood on long-term health is currently not known. This activity aims to: review current evidence on the impact of life factors on body composition during infancy and childhood; test for association between body composition at infancy and childhood and long term health outcomes; Perform a gap analysis outlining areas where evidence needs to be generated

Output

These data will be compiled in a peer-reviewed publication with the purpose of informing scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders on knowledge gaps and research directions. Further, the outcomes will provide insight on critical periods of life where body composition measurement should be included to identify at-risk populations.

Expert Group Members

Scientific review on biomarkers in early life (prenatal - infancy) to predict childhood obesity risk and metabolic health

Background and Objectives

The aim of the activity is to review biomarkers in early life that could be used to predict development of childhood obesity and metabolic health. The activity will focus on invasive and non-invasive, perinatal and postnatal biomarkers. This activity aims to:

  • Summarise the current evidence for early life (perinatal and postnatal) biomarkers that are able to predict childhood obesity and related metabolic health
  • Emphasise relevance of combining conventional predictive markers (e.g. early weight gain) with novel applications of metabolomics, epigenetics and microbiota profiling. It will help to more accurately and effectively identify infants at risk to develop obesity
  • Emphasise importance of validity and reliability of identified biomarkers for application of such biomarkers in (daily) practice.

Output

The highlighted (recent) findings in the development of biomarkers for early life prediction of metabolic health could be used to guide risk prediction and stratification. This prediction may drive development and knowledge of personalised (infant) nutrition to reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Researchers should become aware of the urgency to develop and validate new predictive biomarkers that are both easily detectable and responsive to nutritional interventions.

Expert Group Members

Publications

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Multimedia

Workshop ‘Health Relevance of Lowering Postprandial Glycaemia in Children and Adolescents through Diet’
Watch the recordings

Completed Expert Groups

Overview of completed activities since 2021

 

* To see the full output of the task force, please visit the Task Force publication list