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Study about nutritional behaviour in Freising

What is the nutrition status of the people?

Status assessment in the Freising population

With the aim of offering healthier nutrition to persons of all age groups, the scientists of the enable-Cluster are developing new strategies for a healthier nutrition.

What kinds of food are preferred by which age group and what is the nutrition status of the people? These research questions are the basis of the work at the Freising enable study centre. During a study about nutrition habits, the scientists look into what kind of food is consumed, the lifestyle and also the health status of the participants from Freising, in order to develop new strategies for a healthy life.

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All senses influence the nutritional behaviour – smell tests by use of sniffin' sticks
Determination of vitality parameters to get conclusions about the nutrition status

Objective of the study
By use of questionnaires and measurements of various parameters, the scientists analyse persons of different age groups in the Freising Region with the aim to get detailed information about nutritional behaviour of the population.

Participants wanted!

Who can participate?
Interested persons of the Freising region can participate:

  • children aged 3 to 5
  • young adults aged 18 to 25
  • adults aged 40 to 65
  • elderly aged 75 to 85
At the momentwe are looking especially for participants (aged 40 to 65) with a body mass index (BMI) > 30 kg/m²!

What do participants have to expect?
The tests will take about 2 half days (individual appointments). They will be conducted by experienced doctors, nutrition scientists and study assistants of Technical University of Munich.

All participants will get personal information about their results and tips for a healthy nutrition as well as a financial compensation.

Healthy diet for elderly people - enable at the afternoon meeting in Lerchenfeld

Better nutrition and life in old age was the motto of the afternoon meeting for elderly persons on January 25th in Freising-Lerchenfeld. Many people were interested in the presentation of Dipl. oec. Sandra Eckart, Study Nurse at enable-study centre of Technical University of Munich, to gather more information about nutrition, especially for elder persons.

The body, and with it its energy and nutrition need, metabolism and the senses, change the older a person gets. Additionally, older persons often have difficulties to eat and drink enough. In many cases this leads to malnutrition.

Dipl. oec. Sandra Eckhardt of enable-Cluster showed up what kind of problems can happen and how to make sure that elderly persons have the correct nutrition intake. During her presentation she also encouraged the attendees to participate at the enable nutrition study.

With the aim of enabling a healthier nutrition for all age groups, the scientists of enable at the Technical University of Munich as well as at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen are researching the nutritional habits and status of the people in the Freising region in order to gaining information for future strategies.

Study Center Freising


Prof. Dr. med. Hans Hauner
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Skurk

Technische Universität München
Lehrstuhl für Ernährungsmedizin
ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health


Dr. med. Karin Lietzau, Studienärztin
Dr. rer. nat. Beate Ott, Wiss. Mitarbeiterin
M.Sc. Ern. Wiss. Rachel Rennekamp, Doktorandin
Dipl.-Oec. troph. Margot Maier, Study Nurse
Dipl.-Oec. troph. Sandra Eckardt, Study Nurse

Telefon: 08161/71-2395
E-mail: enable-studienzentrum@tum.de

Technische Universität München
ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health
Lehrstuhl für Ernährungsmedizin
enable Studienzentrum
Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2
85354 Freising


Prof. Dr. Hannelore Daniel
Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann
Prof. Dr. Susanne Ihsen
Prof. Dr. Martin Klingenspor
Prof. Dr. Jutta Roosen

Studienzentrum Nürnberg:

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Volkert
Prof. Dr. Cornel Sieber

Institut für Biomedizin des Alterns (IBA)