Nudge-it scientists are currently engaged in the second part of an ambitious study into the understanding the process of taste formation early on in childhood (and particularly the process of formation of preferences for obesogenic foods) and understanding the effects of regular food intake on total calorie intake and health.
198 low income families with children between the age of 2 and 6 are taking part. A third of the families will receive groceries to prepare 5 meals a week for 12 weeks. The meals have been designed by a nutritionist and are designed to expose children to a wide variety of tastes. A second third of families will be asked to stick to regular meal times and avoid snacking between meals. Finally, a third of families will be in the control group and will be monitored at the same time as all the others.
Families will be followed for 3 years. We will collect detailed information on parents and children's dietary habits and preferences, body measurements and personality traits.
The first wave of the study was conducted in Edinburgh between February and June 2015. Initial results for both studies should be available in early 2016.