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    Social support, but not perceived food environment, is associated with diet quality in French-speaking Canadians from the PREDISE study
    (M D P I AG, 2019-12-12) Carbonneau, Élise; Bélanger, Mathieu; Couillard, Charles; Corneau, Louise; Lamarche, Benoît; Lemieux, Simone; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Bouchard, Luigi; Robitaille, Julie; Pelletier, Luc G.; Desroches, Sophie; Houle, Julie; Bégin, Catherine; Langlois, Marie-France; Provencher, Véronique
    The objectives were to assess whether social support for healthy eating and perceived food environment are associated with diet quality, and to investigate if sociodemographic characteristics moderate these associations. A probability sample of French-speaking adults from the Province of Québec, Canada, was recruited in the context of the PREDISE study. Participants reported their perceptions of supportive and non-supportive actions related to healthy eating from close others at home and outside of home (n = 952), and of the accessibility to healthy foods (n = 1035). The Canadian Healthy Eating Index (C-HEI) was calculated based on three Web-based 24 h food recalls. Multiple linear regression models showed that supportive (B = 1.50 (95% CI 0.46, 2.54)) and non-supportive (B = −3.06 (95% CI −4.94, −1.18)) actions related to healthy eating from close others at home were positively and negatively associated with C-HEI, respectively, whereas actions from close others outside of home were not. The negative association between non-supportive actions occurring at home and C-HEI was stronger among participants with lower (vs. higher) levels of education (p interaction = 0.03). Perceived accessibility to healthy foods was not associated with C-HEI (p > 0.05). These results suggest that the social environment may have a stronger influence on healthy eating than the perceived physical environment. This adds support for healthy eating promotion programs involving entire families, especially for more socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, whose efforts to eat healthily may be more easily thwarted by non-supportive households
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    Postnatal prevention of childhood obesity in offspring prenatally exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus : where are we now?
    (S. Karger, 2017-08-23) Perron, Julie; Mercier, Roxanne; Weisnagel, John; Kearney, Michèle; Marc-Sériès, Isabelle; Robitaille, Julie; Tchernof, André; Dugas, Camille
    Children exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in utero are at high risk of developing many health problems such as obesity. There is an urgent need to find new strategies to prevent obesity development among high-risk populations such as those children. Accordingly, the aim of this review was to summarize current knowledge on the postnatal prevention of childhood obesity in offspring born from mothers with GDM. Specifically, this review addresses the impact of breastfeeding, complementary feeding practices as well as dietary intake and physical activity during childhood on obesity risk of children exposed to GDM in utero. Furthermore, breast milk composition of diabetic mothers and its potential impact on growth is discussed. According to the available literature, breastfeeding may reduce obesity risk in children exposed to GDM in utero but a longer duration seems necessary to achieve its protective effect against obesity. Detailed analysis of breast milk composition of mothers with GDM will be necessary to fully understand the relationship between breastfeeding and obesity in this specific population. This review highlights the need for more studies addressing the impact of complementary feeding practices and lifestyle habits during childhood on obesity risk of children exposed to GDM in utero.
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    Risks of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics? What the scientists say
    (Springer, 2013-11-29) Hurlimann, Thierry; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Menuz, Vincent; Robitaille, Julie; Graham, Janice E.; Godard, Béatrice
    Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics (hereafter NGx) have stimulated expectations for beneficial applications in public health and individuals. Yet, the potential achievability of such promise is not without socioethical considerations that challenge NGx implementation. This paper focuses on the opinions of NGx researchers about potential risks raised by NGx. The results of an online survey show that these researchers (n = 126) are fairly confident about the potential benefits of NGx, and that most downplay its potential risks. Researchers in this field do not believe that NGx will reconfigure foods as medication or transform the conception of eating into a health hazard. The majority think that NGx will produce no added burden on individuals to get tested or to remain compliant with NGx recommendations, nor that NGx will threaten individual autonomy in daily food choice. The majority of researchers do not think that NGx will lead to discrimination against and/or stigmatization of people who do not comply with NGx dietary recommendations. Despite this optimism among NGx researchers, we suggest that key risk factors raised by the socioethical context in which NGx applications will be implemented need to be considered.
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    The PPAR-gamma P12A polymorphism modulates the relation between dietary fat intake and components of the metabolic syndrome : results from the Quebec Family Study
    (Blackwell-synergy, 2003-03-10) Pérusse, Louis; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Després, Jean-Pierre; Robitaille, Julie
    The metabolic syndrome is a complex disorder characterized by an atherogenic dyslipidemia resulting from the interaction between genetic and nutritional factors. The objective of this study was to examine in a cohort of 720 adults participating in the Québec Family Study (QFS) whether dietary fat interacts with the P12A polymorphism in the gene encoding the peroxisome proliferator‐activated receptor‐gamma (PPAR‐γ), a nuclear factor that regulates lipid and glucose homeostasis. Carriers of the A12 allele had a higher body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, fat mass as well as subcutaneous adipose tissue and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) areas both assessed by computed tomography than P12/P12 homozygotes. Total fat and saturated fat intakes estimated from a 3‐day food record were significantly correlated with several components of the metabolic syndrome in P12/P12 homozygotes. None of these expected associations were observed among carriers of the A12 allele. Furthermore, in a model including the PPAR‐γ P12A polymorphism, fat intake, age and gender, PPAR‐γ P12A and its interaction with fat intake were associated with BMI and waist circumference. Similar results were obtained when saturated fat intake replaced total fat intake into the model. When the two genotype groups were further classified into quartiles of total fat or saturated fat intake and their characteristics compared, an increase in fat intake was associated with an increase in waist circumference in P12/P12 homozygotes but not in A12 carriers. There was no difference in the waist circumference in carriers of the A12 allele whether the fat or the saturated fat intake was high or low. These results suggest that the PPAR‐γ P12A polymorphism can modulate the association between dietary fat intake and components of the metabolic syndrome.
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    Molecular screening of the 11β-HSD1 gene in men characterized by the metabolic syndrome
    (Wiley, 2012-09-06) Brouillette, Charles; Houde, Alain; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Després, Jean-Pierre; Robitaille, Julie; Tchernof, André
    Adipose tissue type 1 11β‐hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β‐HSD1), which generates hormonally active cortisol from inactive cortisone, has been shown to play a central role in adipocyte differentiation and abdominal obesity‐related metabolic complications. The objective was to investigate whether genetic variations in the human 11 β‐HSD1 gene are associated with the metabolic syndrome among French‐Canadian men. We sequenced all exons, the exon‐intron splicing boundaries, and 5′ and 3′ regions of the human 11 β‐HSD1 gene in 36 men with the metabolic syndrome, as defined by the National Cholesterol Education Program‐Adult Treatment Panel III, and two controls. Three intronic sequence variants were identified: two single‐nucleotide polymorphisms in intron 3 (g.4478T>G) and intron 4 (g.10733G>C) and one insertion in intron 3 (g.4437‐4438insA). The relative allele frequency was 19.6%, 22.1%, and 19.6% for the g.4478G, g.10733C, and g.4438insA alleles, respectively. One single‐nucleotide polymorphism was identified in exon 6 (c.744G>C or G248G). The frequency of the c.744C allele was only 0.46% in a sample of 217 men. Variants were not associated with components of the metabolic syndrome except for plasma apolipoprotein B levels. In conclusion, molecular screening of the 11 β‐HSD1 gene did not reveal any sequence variations that can significantly contribute to the etiology of the metabolic syndrome among French‐Canadians.
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    Development and validation of a nutrition knowledge questionnaire for a Canadian population
    (CABI Pub., 2016-12-27) Bradette-Laplante, Maude (***); Lemieux, Simone; Carbonneau, Élise (***); Vohl, Marie-Claude; Robitaille, Julie; Bégin, Catherine; Provencher, Véronique; Desroches, Sophie (***); Corneau, Louise (***)
    Objective The present study aimed to develop and validate a nutrition knowledge questionnaire in a sample of French Canadians from the province of Quebec, taking into account dietary guidelines. Design A thirty-eight-item questionnaire was developed by the research team and evaluated for content validity by an expert panel, and then administered to respondents. Face validity and construct validity were measured in a pre-test. Exploratory factor analysis and covariance structure analysis were performed to verify the structure of the questionnaire and identify problematic items. Internal consistency and test–retest reliability were evaluated through a validation study. Setting Online survey. Subjects Six nutrition and psychology experts, fifteen registered dietitians (RD) and 180 lay people participated. Results Content validity evaluation resulted in the removal of two items and reformulation of one item. Following face validity, one item was reformulated. Construct validity was found to be adequate, with higher scores for RD v. non-RD (21·5 (sd 2·1) v. 15·7 (sd 3·0) out of 24, P<0·001). Exploratory factor analysis revealed that the questionnaire contained only one factor. Covariance structure analysis led to removal of sixteen items. Internal consistency for the overall questionnaire was adequate (Cronbach’s α=0·73). Assessment of test–retest reliability resulted in significant associations for the total knowledge score (r=0·59, P<0·001). Conclusions This nutrition knowledge questionnaire was found to be a suitable instrument which can be used to measure levels of nutrition knowledge in a Canadian population. It could also serve as a model for the development of similar instruments in other populations.
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    A survey of genes differentially expressed in subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue in men
    (Wiley, 2012-09-06) Richard, Denis; Sladek, Rob; Marceau, Picard; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Gurd, Scott; Robitaille, Julie; Tchernof, André; Hudson, Thomas J.
    Adipose tissue located within the abdominal cavity has been suggested to be functionally and metabolically distinct from that of the subcutaneous compartment. These differences could play a role in obesity‐related complications. The aim of this study was to compare gene expression profiles of subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissues of 10 nondiabetic, normolipidemic obese men. Affymetrix human U133A arrays (10 arrays for subcutaneous fat samples and 10 arrays for visceral fat samples) were used. Differential gene expression was confirmed by real‐time polymerase chain reaction in a subset of genes. A total of 5894 transcripts were detected in both depots in all 10 subjects, and 409 transcripts representing 347 encoded genes were differentially expressed. Of these, 131 genes were expressed at higher levels in subcutaneous adipose tissue, and 216 were expressed more abundantly in visceral fat. Differentially expressed profiles included genes of the Wnt signaling pathway, as well as CEPBA and HOX genes. In addition, genes involved in lipolytic stimuli and cytokine secretion were differentially expressed. The identification of a consistent and rather uniform pattern of differentially expressed genes between the two fat depots using multiple array replicates (10 arrays per fat compartment) generated new perspectives for future research on regional differences in adipose tissue biology.
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    Development and validation of the food liking questionnaire in a french-canadian population
    (MDPI Pub., 2017-12-08) Carbonneau, Élise; Bradette-Laplante, Maude; Lamarche, Benoît; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Robitaille, Julie; Desroches, Sophie; Bégin, Catherine; Provencher, Véronique
    The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire assessing food liking in a French-Canadian population. A questionnaire was developed, in which participants were asked to rate their degree of liking of 50 food items. An expert panel evaluated the content validity. For the validation study, 150 men and women completed the questionnaire twice. An Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) was performed to assess the number of subscales of the questionnaire. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the subscales were evaluated. Concurrent validity was assessed through correlations between liking scores and self-reported frequencies of consumption. Comments from the experts led to changes in the list of foods included in the questionnaire. The EFA revealed a two-factor structure for the questionnaire (i.e., savory and sweet foods) and led to the removal of nine items, resulting in a 32-item questionnaire. The two subscales revealed good internal consistency (Cronbach alphas: 0.85 and 0.89) and test-retest reliability (p = 0.84 and 0.86). The questionnaire demonstrated adequate concurrent validity, with moderate correlations between food liking and self-reported frequency of consumption (r = 0.19–0.39, ps < 0.05). This new Food Liking Questionnaire assessing liking of a variety of savory and sweet foods demonstrated good psychometric properties in every validation step. This questionnaire will be useful to explore the role of food liking and its interactions with other factors in predicting eating behaviors and energy intake.
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    Validity and reliability of a brief selfreported questionnaire assessing fruit and vegetable consumption among pregnant women
    (BioMed Central, 2016-09-15) Vézina-Im, Lydi-Anne; Perron, Julie; Couillard, Charles; Godin, Gaston; Lemieux, Simone; Robitaille, Julie
    Background: Short instruments measuring frequency of specific foods, such as fruit and vegetable (FV), are increasingly used in interventions. The objective of the study was to verify the validity and test-retest reliability of such an instrument among pregnant women. Methods: Pregnant women from the region of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, were recruited through e-mails sent to female students and employees of the local university from October 2014 to April 2015. To assess the validity of the fruit and vegetable questionnaire (FVQ) developed by Godin et al. (Can J Public Health 99: 494-498, 2008), pregnant women were asked in a first mailing to complete the FVQ assessing FV intake over the past 7 days and a 3-day estimated food record. A subsample (n¿=¿33) also gave a fasting blood sample and completed a validated semi-quantitative FFQ administered by a trained registered dietitian during a visit at the research center. FV intakes for all instruments were calculated in terms of servings of FV based on Canada’s Food Guide definition of a serving of fruit or vegetable. In order to assess its test-retest reliability, respondents were asked to complete the FVQ 14 days later in a second mailing. Results: Forty-eight pregnant women from all three trimesters completed the questionnaires in the first mailing. FV intake assessed using the FVQ was correlated to FV consumption measured using the food record (r¿=¿0.34, p¿=¿0.0180) and the FFQ (r¿=¿0.61, p¿=¿0.0002). Results were similar when controlling for energy intake and the experience of nausea in the past month. Only ß-cryptoxanthin was significantly correlated to FV intake assessed by the FFQ when adjusted for the presence of nausea (r¿=¿0.35, p¿=¿0.0471). Data on the test-retest reliability was available for 44 women and the intra-class coefficient for the FVQ was 0.72 at a mean 28-day interval. Conclusions: The FVQ has acceptable validity and test-retest reliability values, but seems to underestimate FV servings in pregnant women. It represents an interesting alternative for researchers or clinicians interested in estimating quickly FV intake among pregnant women, such as in large trials or during prenatal visits. The FVQ should however be coupled with other self-reported measures, such as a food record, for assessing precise individual FV intake.
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    Association between metabolic deteriorations and prior gestational diabetes according to weight status
    (Nature Pub. Group, 2014-11-29) Garneau, Véronique; Vigneault, Jessica; Lemieux, Simone; Weisnagel, John; Robitaille, Julie; Tchernof, André
    Objective The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of prior gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on glucose and insulin homeostasis according to weight status. Methods The analysis included 299 women, 216 with [GDM(+)] and 83 without prior GDM [GDM(−)]. The mean time between pregnancy and testing was 3.9 years. Glucose values were obtained from a 2-h 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Body composition was measured by dual-energy X-ray. Results In women with normal BMI, fasting glucose, 2-h post-OGTT glucose, and HbA1 were higher for GDM(+) (P < 0.05). Normal-weight women with GDM(+) presented lower HOMA-IS, insulin secretion, and insulinogenic index (P < 0.05) compared to GDM(−). Body fat and android fat mass were higher, gynoid fat mass was similar, and lean body mass was decreased in GDM(+) vs. GDM(−) with normal weight (P < 0.05). A greater proportion of GDM(+) with overweight/obesity had prediabetes (72.1%) or type 2 diabetes (T2D) (21.7%) vs. GDM(−) and overweight/obesity (17.1 and 2.4%) or GDM(+) and normal weight (60.5 and 14.0%). Conclusions A combination of GDM and overweight/obesity is associated with T2D-related metabolic deteriorations. Nevertheless, normal-weight women with GDM(+) had increased android fat and greater metabolic complications, suggesting that women with prior GDM should benefit from lifestyle intervention, regardless of their weight status.