The prevalence of overweight amongst European children and adolescents has risen at an alarming rate in the past few decades. Public health approaches to prevent overweight are important as they can be employed independently from active participation of the target group. However, they may be powerless in an obesogenic environment that is characterised by huge amounts of food temptations. The TEMPEST project introduces the novel concept of self-regulatory competence for dealing with these temptations as the key factor in prevention of overweight. The main hypothesis of the project states that increasing self-regulatory competence allows youth to take better advantage of public health efforts.
Prof. Denise De Ridder
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Utrecht, the Netherlands
EC contribution: EUR 2 404 118
Duration: 48 months
Starting date: 01/02/2009
Project web-site: http://www.tempestproject.eu