Nutrition and development: short and long term consequences for health

The Foundation held a conference to launch its latest Task Force report on 'Nutrition and development: short- and long-term consequences for health'. The Task Force is chaired by Professor Tom Sanders, King’s College, London and includes a number of experts from around the UK.

The report looks in detail at the vulnerable periods during early life where impaired growth or development may lead to chronic disease in later life.

It describes the key issues relating to the critical windows of early life development with particular focus on the development of the gut and nervous system, and the perinatal effects of sex hormones in the programming of disease in later life.  The report also examines the effects of early life diet and nutrition on chronic disease later in life.  The areas examined include: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, bone health, allergic disease and asthma, and cognitive function.

Each chapter includes a summary of the key points, as well as important recommendations to help identify long-term strategies for early life nutrition.  An overview of the main messages of the report are also provided in a practical question and answer format suitable for lay readers.

The launch was on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at the Royal College of Surgeon’s, London.

The programme for the launch is available here.

More information on how to purchase the Task Force report is available on the Wiley website

To view the chapter “Nutrition and Development: Answers to Common Questions” from the new Task Force report, see below.


Task Force Chair:

Prof Tom Sanders, Kings College, London


Task Force Members:


Prof Judy Buttriss, British Nutrition Foundation

Prof Graham Devereux, University of Aberdeen

Prof Paul Haggarty, The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

Dr Nick Harvey, MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre

Dr Alison Lennox, MRC Human Nutrition Research

Dr Anne MacCartney, University of Reading

Prof Harry McArdle, The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

Prof Julian Mercer, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

Dr Susan Ozanne, University of Cambridge

Prof Lucilla Poston, Kings College London

Prof Marcus Richard, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing

Dr Sian Robinson, MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre

Prof Richard Sharpe, MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit

Dr Paul Taylor, St Thomas' Hospital




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