Nathalie Michels


Affiliation: Ghent University
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Obesity, Bodpod, Stress, Cortisol, Heart rate variability, Sleep, Children, Public Health, Breastfeeding, Nutrition


  1. Michels N, Van den Bussche K, Vande Walle J, de Henauw S. School Policy on Drinking and Toilets: Weaknesses and Relation With Children's Hydration Status. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    ..Specific action points for school management and government to improve children's hydration at school were detected by focusing on both drinking and toilet practices/infrastructure. ..
  2. Michels N, Clarke G, Olavarría Ramírez L, Gomez Martinez S, Diaz L, Marcos A, et al. Psychosocial stress and inflammation driving tryptophan breakdown in children and adolescents: A cross-sectional analysis of two cohorts. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018;94:104-111 pubmed publisher
    ..This data further contributes to our understanding of pathways to disease development, and may help identifying those more likely to develop stress or inflammation-related illnesses. ..
  3. Michels N, de Henauw S, Breidenassel C, Censi L, Cuenca García M, Cuenca Garcí M, et al. European adolescent ready-to-eat-cereal (RTEC) consumers have a healthier dietary intake and body composition compared with non-RTEC consumers. Eur J Nutr. 2015;54:653-64 pubmed publisher
    ..The improved dietary profile was reflected in a more beneficial body composition. Our results have also shown the advantage of using an all-integrating diet quality index by capturing the diet complexity. ..
  4. Michels N, de Henauw S, Beghin L, Cuenca García M, Gonzalez Gross M, Hallström L, et al. Ready-to-eat cereals improve nutrient, milk and fruit intake at breakfast in European adolescents. Eur J Nutr. 2016;55:771-779 pubmed publisher
    ..Therefore, RTEC may be regarded as a good breakfast option as part of a varied and balanced diet. Nevertheless, more research is warranted concerning the role of different RTEC types in nutrient intake, especially for simple sugars. ..
  5. Arouca A, Moreno L, González Gil E, Marcos A, Widhalm K, Molnar D, et al. Diet as moderator in the association of adiposity with inflammatory biomarkers among adolescents in the HELENA study. Eur J Nutr. 2018;: pubmed publisher
  6. Michels N, Sioen I, Braet C, Eiben G, Hebestreit A, Huybrechts I, et al. Stress, emotional eating behaviour and dietary patterns in children. Appetite. 2012;59:762-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Nevertheless, emotional eating behaviour was not observed to mediate the stress-diet relation. ..
  7. Michels N, Van den Bussche K, Vande Walle J, de Henauw S. Belgian primary school children's hydration status at school and its personal determinants. Eur J Nutr. 2017;56:793-805 pubmed publisher
    ..This emphasizes the need for more resources and attention by school management and governmental organizations. Herein, especially Walloon schools and boys should be reached. ..
  8. Michels N, Susi K, Marques Vidal P, Nydegger A, Puder J. Psychosocial Quality-of-Life, Lifestyle and Adiposity: A Longitudinal Study in Pre-schoolers (Ballabeina Study). Int J Behav Med. 2016;23:383-392 pubmed publisher
    ..The environment should be an 'activity encouraging, healthy food zone' that minimises opportunities for stress-induced eating. In addition, appropriate stress coping skills should be acquired. ..
  9. Amenyah S, Michels N. Body size ideals, beliefs and dissatisfaction in Ghanaian adolescents: sociodemographic determinants and intercorrelations. Public Health. 2016;139:112-120 pubmed publisher
    ..Interventions should stimulate body esteem and a healthy lifestyle without extremes. ..

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  1. De Decker A, De Clercq B, Verbeken S, Wells J, Braet C, Michels N, et al. Fat and lean tissue accretion in relation to reward motivation in children. Appetite. 2017;108:317-325 pubmed publisher
    ..These results may help to identify appropriate targets for interventions for obesity prevention. ..
  2. De Decker A, Sioen I, Verbeken S, Braet C, Michels N, de Henauw S. Associations of reward sensitivity with food consumption, activity pattern, and BMI in children. Appetite. 2016;100:189-96 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings suggest that considering inter-individual differences in reward sensitivity is of importance in future childhood obesity prevention campaigns. ..
  3. Michels N, Vanaelst B, Vyncke K, Sioen I, Huybrechts I, de Vriendt T, et al. Children's Body composition and Stress - the ChiBS study: aims, design, methods, population and participation characteristics. Arch Public Health. 2012;70:17 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, this study allows an in-depth investigation of the validity of the different methods that were used to assess stress levels in children. ..
  4. Michels N, Sioen I, Braet C, Huybrechts I, Vanaelst B, Wolters M, et al. Relation between salivary cortisol as stress biomarker and dietary pattern in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013;38:1512-20 pubmed publisher
    ..High cortisol levels were linked to an unhealthier dietary pattern (more fatty food, snacks and especially sweet food). This supports the theory of cortisol-induced comfort food preference and strengthens the stress-diet relation. ..
  5. Michels N, Vynckier L, Moreno L, Beghin L, de la O A, Forsner M, et al. Mediation of psychosocial determinants in the relation between socio-economic status and adolescents' diet quality. Eur J Nutr. 2018;57:951-963 pubmed publisher
    ..Focusing on these factors in low-SES populations can minimize social inequalities in diet and health by improving the diet of these specific adolescents. ..
  6. Michels N, Sioen I, Schraven K, De Decker A, van Aart C, de Henauw S. Children's cortisol and externalizing stress symptoms are predictors of adiponectin evolution over two years. Biol Psychol. 2018;131:89-95 pubmed publisher
    ..In healthy children, daily cortisol output and externalizing stress symptoms were negative predictors of adiponectin evolution. These findings highlight the health-compromising effects of psychosocial stress. ..
  7. Bogl L, Silventoinen K, Hebestreit A, Intemann T, Williams G, Michels N, et al. Familial Resemblance in Dietary Intakes of Children, Adolescents, and Parents: Does Dietary Quality Play a Role?. Nutrients. 2017;9: pubmed publisher