Chronic stress and the development of obesity and micronutrient-deficiency in children: use of hair as a diagnostic tool

01 October 2009 → 01 October 2010
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Public health care
    • Public health sciences
    • Public health services
    • Nutrition and dietetics
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
stress micronutrients hair obesity cortisol
Project description

This project will evaluate the potential use of hair as a diagnostic tool to detect chronic stress in children and to determine their micronutrient status through the presence of biomarkers in hair. The following biomarkers will be analysed in the hair of a children participating in a European cohort study, namely the Idefics study: cortisol, iron, copper and zinc.