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Date: 2 February 2011

Dr Stuart Nicholls will be presenting his work at the"Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health" conference in Toronto.

The work, co authored by Dr Kristin Voigt and colleagues within the IDEFICS study and titled "Price strategies and health inequalities: support for taxation of unhealthy foods among low-income groups in European countries", reports on and discusses the implications of parental attitude data relating to the potential use of price policies to address social inequalities in childhood obesity prevalence.

The conference will address issues of children's rights in relation to health, food security and policy and health together with the reduction of health inequalities in at-risk populations and interventions for healthy social change.

The conference, organised by Ryerson University, takes place between the 11th and 12th February 2011

IDEFICS group at Lancaster:

Garrath Williams(Principal Investigator)


Stuart Nicholls


Kristin Voigt


Dita Wickins-Drazilova


For editors;

The IDEFICS Study has accomplished a huge cross-sectional baseline survey in over 16,000 children aged 2-9 years from eight European countries. This was followed by a targeted intervention and a follow-up survey to assess the impact of dietary and lifestyle changes on body weight and other health parameters. The Study is co-ordinated by Professor Wolfgang Ahrens of the Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine at Bremen University, Germany.

Identification and prevention of Dietary- and lifestyle-induced health EFfects In Children and infantS (IDEFICS). European Commission Sixth Framework Programme. Area 2: Epidemiology of food-related diseases and allergies. Topic Influence of diet and lifestyle on children's health (Integrated Project). Contract n 016181 (FOOD)

News website: http://www.ryerson.ca/fcs/conference/


Further information

Associated staff: Stuart Nicholls, Kristin Voigt, Garrath Williams

Associated projects: IDEFICS - Identification and prevention of dietary and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants

Associated departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR

Keywords: Bioethics, Empirical bioethics, EU law and policy, European Union social policy, Health inequalities, Medical ethics, Medical law and ethics, Obesity, Policy, Policy and practice improvement, Public policy