[From the influence of genes to the influence of family and urban environment on the nutritional status, activity, and physical condition of european urban adolescents]

Med Sci (Paris). 2016;32(8-9):746-51. doi: 10.1051/medsci/20163208023. Epub 2016 Sep 12.
[Article in French]


HELENA was a cross-sectional study carried out from 2006 to 2007 in more than 3500 adolescents aged from 12.5 to 17.5 years old through 10 Europeans towns from 9 countries. Its objective was to assess adolescent nutritional status including: body composition, biological markers, physical activity and fitness. This study shown the high impact of socio-economic condition, life style and personal and collective environment, dietary pattern (including breastfeeding), some genetic mutations involved in adiposity and metabolism, physical activity level and fitness on adolescent nutritional status.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / genetics*
  • Body Composition* / genetics
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Exercise*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status / genetics*
  • Physical Fitness / physiology
  • Social Environment*