Design and baseline characteristics of the Food4Me study: a web-based randomised controlled trial of personalised nutrition in seven European countries Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Improving lifestyle behaviours has considerable potential for reducing the global burden of non-communicable diseases, promoting better health across the life-course and increasing well-being. However, realising this potential will require the development, testing and implementation of much more effective behaviour change interventions than are used conventionally. Therefore, the aim of this study was to conduct a multi-centre, web-based, proof-of-principle study of personalised nutrition (PN) to determine whether providing more personalised dietary advice leads to greater improvements in eating patterns and health outcomes compared to conventional population-based advice. A total of 5,562 volunteers were screened across seven European countries; the first 1,607 participants who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were recruited into the trial. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the following intervention groups for a 6-month period: Level 0-control group-receiving conventional, non-PN advice; Level 1-receiving PN advice based on dietary intake data alone; Level 2-receiving PN advice based on dietary intake and phenotypic data; and Level 3-receiving PN advice based on dietary intake, phenotypic and genotypic data. A total of 1,607 participants had a mean age of 39.8 years (ranging from 18 to 79 years). Of these participants, 60.9 % were women and 96.7 % were from white-European background. The mean BMI for all randomised participants was 25.5 kg m(-2), and 44.8 % of the participants had a BMI ≥ 25.0 kg m(-2). Food4Me is the first large multi-centre RCT of web-based PN. The main outcomes from the Food4Me study will be submitted for publication during 2015.

authors

  • Celis-Morales, Carlos
  • Livingstone, Katherine M
  • Marsaux, Cyril FM
  • Forster, Hannah
  • O’Donovan, Clare B
  • Woolhead, Clara
  • Macready, Anna L
  • Fallaize, Rosalind
  • Navas-Carretero, Santiago
  • San-Cristobal, Rodrigo
  • Kolossa, Silvia
  • Hartwig, Kai
  • Tsirigoti, Lydia
  • Lambrinou, Christina P
  • Moschonis, George
  • Godlewska, Magdalena
  • Surwiłło, Agnieszka
  • Grimaldi, Keith
  • Bouwman, Jildau
  • Daly, EJ
  • Akujobi, Victor
  • O’Riordan, Rick
  • Hoonhout, Jettie
  • Claassen, Arjan
  • Hoeller, Ulrich
  • Gundersen, Thomas E
  • Kaland, Siv E
  • Matthews, John NS
  • Manios, Yannis
  • Traczyk, Iwona
  • Drevon, Christian A
  • Gibney, Eileen R
  • Brennan, Lorraine
  • Walsh, Marianne C
  • Lovegrove, Julie A
  • Alfredo Martinez, J
  • Saris, Wim HM
  • Daniel, Hannelore
  • Gibney, Mike
  • Mathers, John C

publication date

  • 2015