Genetic influences on dietary variety - results from a twin study

Scheibehenne, Benjamin and Todd, Peter M. and van den Berg, Stéphanie M. and Hatemi, Peter K. and Eaves, Lindon J. and Vogler, Christian. (2014) Genetic influences on dietary variety - results from a twin study. Appetite : eating and drinking, Vol. 77, H. 1. pp. 131-138.

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The heritability of variety seeking in the food domain was estimated from a large sample (N = 5,543) of middle age to elderly monozygotic and dizygotic twins from the "Virginia 30,000" twin study. Different dietary variety scores were calculated based on a semi-quantitative food choice questionnaire that assessed consumption frequencies and quantities for a list of 99 common foods. Results indicate that up to 30% of the observed variance in dietary variety was explained through heritable influences. Most of the differences between twins were due to environmental influences that are not shared between twins. Additional non-genetic analyses further revealed a weak relationship between dietary variety and particular demographic variables, including socioeconomic status, age, sex, religious faith, and the number of people living in the same household.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Molecular Neuroscience (Papassotiropoulos)
UniBasel Contributors:Scheibehenne, Benjamin and Vogler, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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