Precision Nutrition for the individualised dietary treatment of obesity: is the weight (wait) over?

Combating the obesity epidemic is one of the greatest challenges of modern times. Although diets for weight loss have been around for more than 2,500 years, they have obviously not been particularly successful, as rates of overweight and obesity have continued to increase across the world over the past several decades. According to the World Health Organization (2016), Europe…

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Personalised nutrition for preventing metabolic syndrome

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and, especially when accompanied by group of disorders known as metabolic syndrome, is the common factor of reduced lifespan. Diagnosis of metabolic syndrome allows the identification of people at two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease and five-fold increased risk of type 2 diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation,…

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PREVENTOMICS Nutritional Recommendation System

The PREVENTOMICS Nutritional Recommender System: user’s journey and demonstrative use-cases

There exist many approaches which try to recommend healthy diets. Most of them, however, are mainly observational, use food diaries, and have led to erroneous recommendations by assuming that the same diet is right for all people.  But new tools, findings and emerging information technologies have changed the landscape for nutritional science and underscored the need to better individualise…

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cost-effectiveness analysis

Potential costs and effects of personalised nutrition

Is personalised nutrition an effective tool for preventing diet related diseases considering potentially higher costs?   Nowadays, many people suffer from the well-known global health problem called obesity. Obesity is often caused by poor dietary patterns, which might lead to different diet related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart diseases [1] [2]. Thus, prevention of…

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Setting your 2020 resolutions

The new year is quickly approaching and people all around the world will soon start thinking of their new year resolutions. Many of us will come up with meaningful and healthy changes to make in 2020. Yet most of us will struggle to stick with our plans to live healthily, whether it concerns dieting, being…

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smartphones to promote healthy eating

Using smartphones to promote healthy eating

Obesity represents the most common metabolic disorder in industrialised countries, but the excess of weight is a global burden[1]. This disorder is reaching alarming proportions among adults, as well as young people. The rising incidence of obesity implies a great concern and commitment for the healthcare system, as there is a strong association between obesity and…

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personalised nutrition

The potential of personalised nutrition for a sustainable dietary behaviour change

A nutritionally well-balanced diet is essential for the metabolic needs of the body to function throughout the lifespan. Consistent with this, the absence of a balanced diet is a well-recognised contributor to various health problems, including malnutrition, heart disease, stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes, amongst others 1-3.  Each person reacts differently to the same nutritional…

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How PREVENTOMICS project seed was planted

In the last century, we have achieved the maximum lifespan that the human being has ever experienced. Advances in hygiene, medicine and technology underlie this record. But this increase in lifespan does not come for free, since we are now familiar with some diseases associated to ageing that centuries ago were almost unknown, such as…

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The PREVENTOMICS European project will develop a biomarker-based system to send personalized advice on dietary and lifestyle habits

The PREVENTOMICS European project will develop, from this November and for 3 years, personalized plans for nutrition and lifestyle habits to improve the health of people, based on individual traits such as physical and behavioural traits, lifestyle, genotype, preferences and physical condition. The personal health plans, which will consider consumers’ needs and requirements, will reach…

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