A healthy and sustainable start in life - project description
Both maternal and child dietary data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort (MoBa) will be used as well as data on mental and cognitive development from the same data source.
Approximately 100 000 women participate in the MoBa cohort giving an excellent opportunity to explore these associations.
The following data will be used from the MoBa cohort:
- Maternal MoBa food frequency questionnaire filled in during pregnancy and food frequency questionnaires assessing child diet at all available time points
- Maternal and child weight development (up to age 8 years)
- Child cognitive and mental development at all relevant time points from 0 to 8 years
In addition, covariates and confounding factors, as age, parity, socio economic variables, BMI, physical activity, gestational length, dietary supplements, breastfeeding etc will be included. Data on comorbidity and medication during pregnancy and child physical activity at different timepoints will be used.
Data on mental and cognitive development are from international standardized questions included in the MoBa questionnaires. The project group collaborates with a researchers in England (University of Bristol) who has a 20% position at the University of Agder, who will help in analysing the data. Further a professor at Deakin University will aid in interpreting the data regarding mental health.