The European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA)

Scientific Director of the ICCR
The European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA), an initiative of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR), is an international non-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium. Such as its founding father, EHLA is scientifically based, multidisciplinary and independent. The platform is gathering
« friends » from various fields in health, nutrition, physical activity, consumers, ....


5th ICCR Congress on Chronic Societal Cardiometabolic Diseases, 8-12 July Québec

A global threat still growing

QUEBEC CITY- Three years after participating in the 3rd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, the world leading experts will return to the Québec City Convention Centre, from July 8 to 12, to attend the 5th International Congress on Chronic Societal Cardiometabolic Diseases, which aim is to fight the epidemic of type […]

Back to basics: do children and adolescents drink enough water?

water glass

If you have been following this blog or if you are in any way concerned with the increasing rates of non-communicable chronic diseases associated with Western lifestyle, you are well aware of the detrimental cardiometabolic health consequences of drinking too many sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as soft […]

Why is it time to take action on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?

Nutritionist doctor man

The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has skyrocketed over the past recent years. NAFLD encompasses the spectrum of liver diseases from steatosis alone (mild hepatic fat accumulation), steatosis with mild lobular inflammation to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. The most severe cases of NAFLD are […]

Can dietary fibres consumption help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes?


The link between poor diet quality and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes has been established by many scientific investigations. Some of these studies have suggested that people with a high dietary intake of fibres could have lower odds of developing type 2 diabetes. However, […]

Has global dietary quality improved in the past 20 years?


Poor diet quality is one of the most important risk factors for several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer and the promotion of healthy dietary patterns is a global priority for several public health agencies such as the World Health Organization. […]

Does it only take two weeks for sugar-sweetened beverages to increase cardiovascular risk?


Results of large-scale epidemiologic studies have provided evidence for a significant association between sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) consumption and the risk of developing obesity-associated chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Indeed, recent studies from the Harvard Medical School have shown that people […]

Is maternal diabetes a risk factor for autism?


There has been much speculation in recent years about the potential risk factors that may explain the increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. While the lay press has flooded the public with editorials and opinion pieces on why vaccines […]

Why does body composition and not body weight matter for the elderly?

Seniors jogging on a forest road

There is a staggering amount of scientific evidence linking excess body weight and mortality risk in various populations around the globe. Most of these studies have relied on the use of the body mass index (BMI, the body weight for […]

Whether you exercise or not, too much sitting could increase your heart disease risk


Over the past 20 years, dozens of epidemiological studies have shown that people who are physically active and who exercise regularly have a decreased risk of heart disease, whether they have risk factors for heart disease or not. As a consequence of our modern lifestyle, our […]

WHO Interim Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

In March 2015 the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity published its Interim Report.

One of its key findings:

“Energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods and sugar-sweetened non-alcoholic beverages are important drivers of the obesity epidemic in school-age children and adolescents globally, acting to both cause and maintain overweight and obesity. Increasing access to, and promotion of, lower energy-density foods, and […]