One of the main objectives of the research group is to develop, test and validate instruments that can be used to map diet and eating patterns in different age groups. The instruments are used in large population groups and among patients with disease-related malnutrition to identify nutritional challenges.
We conduct intervention studies to explore how we can change eating behaviors related to known challenges. Examples of this are how can we get children to eat more vegetables, and how can we reduce disease-related malnutrition in inpatient patients.
A relatively new research area within the group is what is a healthy and sustainable diet based on Norwegian dietary patterns, culture and food production.
Illustration: Carina Knudsen
About the group
The research focus is on:
- Development and evaluation of dietary assessment methods, biological markers, food composition database and software systems to facilitate data collection and analysis.
- Development and evaluation of an electronic decision-making tool to prevent and treat disease-related malnutrition.
Patterns of energy, food and nutrient intake, eating and meal patterns among Norwegian infants, toodlers, preschoolers, schoolchildren and adults to understand these patterns in relation to age, gender, educational level, smoking, body weight etc.
How food environment (eg. home, kindergarten and school environment) influences weight development and eating patterns among children/adolescents