Work Packages

HabEat combines two complementary approaches:

  • An epidemiologic approach based on selected human cohorts (via WP1)
  • An experimental approach (via WP2 & WP3) enabling us to study the impact of different events and the timing of these different events on a series of output variables chosen to characterise (5 years) children s food habits in different dimensions i.e. qualitative, quantitative, temporal and contextual. The experimental approach will enable the comparison of the effectiveness of different learning mechanisms at different ages and the comparison of the effectiveness of different strategies for modifying behaviour both in the short term and also in the long term. This approach will also enable us to explore the inter-individual differences concerning the efficiency of these different mechanisms and the origin of these differences in their previous "food history".


WP1 - Identification of critical periods and critical factors in the development of food habits
WP2 - Exploring key learning mechanisms and individual variations
WP3 - Exploring new strategies for breaking habits and individual variations in responsiveness to these strategies
WP4 - Recommendations, Guidelines and Communication
WP5 - Project management