Habeat Project


The following documents present the findings from HabEat based on the analyses of data from birth cohort studies and experimental work among infants, toddlers and children up to 6 years of age. HabEat has developed recommendations for both policy makers and stakeholders, which promote the formation of healthy eating habits.

Booklet for parents

  Stakeholder document



Acronyme: HabEat
Project title: Determining factors and critical periods in food Habit formation and breaking in Early childhood: a multidisciplinary approach

This European project was launched on 1st January 2010, for a duration of 4 years, and involves 11 partners. HabEat will receive 2.9 million Euros in funding, from the 7th European Union Framework Programme under the "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology" priority.

Funding scheme: Collaborative Project (Medium-scale focused research project)

Summary: Some food habits and eating patterns develop early in infancy, when there is no real evidence of a conscious choice and they are influenced by the child's environment and, possibly, sensorial perception. Research is needed in order to understand the process of formation of food habits and eating patterns and to identify the key determinants of behavioural changes (food habit-breaking).

"The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n.FP7-245012-HabEat"