Intergenerational Transmission of Dietary Behaviour
Flinders University of South Australia
Australian Research Council
Dr Carlene J Wilson, Prof Paul R Ward, Prof John Coveney, A/Prof Garry L Robins, Ms Caroline Miller, Prof Jonathan D Karnon & Dr Laura M Koehly
Cancer Council SA
The health of future generations depends largely on the health of current generations. Bad eating habits associated with obesity and other chronic diseases are often passed from parents to children. This study will provide insight into the ways in which these habits are perpetuated within families of various cultural backgrounds. It will establish how assessing family health history can be used as a tool to help identify and modify the risk of chronic, life-threatening disease in families and individuals. If proven effective, this tool can be rolled out nationwide to help promote and maintain healthier diets in Australian families and reduce the economic burden on the government.