Genetic and Life-course Epidemiology

Food Twins

On the origin of healthy food consumption and physical activity: a consortium of international twin studies

This research aims at the disentanglement of the relative contributions of genes and the environment on healthy food consumption and physical activity. This is especially important in the 'obesogenic environment' that characterises the modern society, in order to target the populations at risk and develop more effective strategies for prevent and/or invert unhealthy behaviours. 

The consortium

Currently, the consortium consists of 12 large twin studies from Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. This pooled analysis is therefore the largest ever conducted on food consumption and physical activity, with data on 37,838 twin pairs (75,676 individuals). These numbers are likely to rise, with the inclusion of more twin registries in the consortium.

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS)

Two GWAS will be performed in order to identify specific gene(s) that may have a role on influencing food intake and physical activity, respectively.

Research group

Prof. Maurice Zeegers
Eva Antoniou, PhD
Annemarie Koster, PhD
Elena Tore, MSc