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DIT researcher collaborating on a national survey of children?s diet in Ireland

Posted: 16 December, 2016

Dr John Kearney, a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at DIT is collaborating on a national survey of children?s food consumption.

The National Children’s Food Consumption Survey (NCFS) II is being carried out by a multi-disciplinary research team from UCC (lead), UCD and DIT. Over 600 children across the country will participate.

The study will provide up-to-date information on children’s nutrition, lifestyle and health status. It is the second survey of its kind in Ireland, with the first being completed in 2003-2004.

The database will be an important resource for government agencies concerned with developing healthy eating guidelines and obesity prevention, and with food safety risk assessment. It will also be used to underpin new product development and product reformulation in the Irish food industry.

DIT will lead on work in relation to food choice and eating behaviours to identify psychological, social and attitudinal determinants of food choice and eating behaviour among children.

Dr Kearney is a researcher in the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) at DIT, which is housed in the Greenway Hub, a purpose-built centre for research and innovation in the heart of DIT Grangegorman.

The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the department’s competitive research funding programmes, and total funding is €1,242,170.