Banik A, Knai C, Klepp KI, Rutter H, Rito A, Lien N, Baillergeau E, Szczuka Z,  Boberska  M, Kulis E, Luszczynska A.What policies are there and what policies are missing? A Photovoice study of adolescents’ perspectives on obesity-prevention policies in their local environment. Obesity Obesity Reviews. 2023;24(S2):e13617.

Samdal O, Budin-Ljøsne I, Haug E,  Helland T,  Kjostarova-Unkovska L, Bouillon C, Bröer C, Corell M, Cosma A, Currie D, Eriksson C,  Felder-Puig R, Gaspar  T, Hagquist C, Harbron J, Jåstad A, Kelly C, Knai C, Kleszczewska D, Kysnes BB, Lien N, Luszczynska A, Moerman G, Moreno-Maldonado C, NicGabhainn S, Pudule I, Rakic IG, Rito A, Rønnestad  AM, Ulstein M, Rutter  H, Klepp KI. Encouraging greater empowerment for adolescents in consent procedures in social science research and policy projects. Obesity Reviews. 2023;24(S2):e13636.

Herstad SH, Grewal NK, Banik A, Klepp KI,  Knai C, Luszczynska A, Mendes  S, Rito A, Rutter H, Lien N. Adolescents’ capacity to take action on obesity: A concurrent controlled before-and-after study of the European CO-CREATE project. Obesity Reviews. 2023;24(S2):e13622.

Bröer C, Veltkamp G, Ayuandini S, Baillergeau E, Moerman G, Sauvage R, Banik A, Luszczynska A, Rito A, Mendes S, Klepp KI, Helleve A, Nesrallah S, Lien N, Kaur-Grewal N. Negotiating policy ideas: Participatory action research projects across five European countries. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health 28, 2023.

Santos M, Matias F,  Fontes T, Bento AC, Pires MJ, Nascimento A, Santiago S, Castanheira I, Rito AI,  Loureiro I, Assunção R. Nutritional quality of foods consumed by the Portuguese population according to the Nutri-Score and consistency with nutritional recommendations. Journal of Food Composition Analysis, 120. 2023.

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (AI Rito In NCD-RisC group of authors). Diminishing benefits of urban living for children and adolescents’ growth and development. Nature 615, 874–883

Bröer CAyuandini SBaillergeau E, Moerman G, Veltkamp G, Luszczynska A, Budin-Ljøsne  I, Rito AI, Stensdal M, Lien N, Klepp KI. Recruiting and engaging adolescents in creating overweight and obesity prevention policies: The CO-CREATE project. Obesity Reviews2023;e13546.

Klepp K-IHelleve ABrinsden H, Bröer C,  Budin-Ljøsne I,  Harbron J, Knai C, Lien N,  Luszczynska A, Nesrallah S,  Oldridge-Turner K,  Rito A,  Samdal O,  Savona N,  Stensdal M,  Allender S,  Hoelscher D,  Rutter H. Overweight and obesity prevention for and with adolescents: The “Confronting obesity: Co-creating policy with youth” (CO-CREATE) project. Obesity Reviews. 2022;e13540.


Budin-Ljøsne  I, Ayuandini  S, Baillergeau E, Bröer C, Helleve A, Klepp KI, Kysnes B,  Lien N, Luszczynska A,  Nesrallah S, Rito A, Rutter H,  Samdal O,  Savona N, Veltkamp G. Ethical considerations in engaging young people in European obesity prevention research: The CO-CREATE experience. Obesity Reviews. 2022; e13518.

Savona NBrown AMacauley T, Aguiar A, Hayward J, Ayuandini S, Habron J, Grewal N.K., Luszczynska A, Mendes S, Klepp K.I, Rutter H, Allender S, Knai C. System mapping with adolescents: Using group model building to map the complexity of obesity. Obesity Reviews2022;e13506. doi:10.1111/obr.13506

Hassapidou M, Duncanson K, Shrewsbury V, Ells L, Mulrooney H, Androutsos O, Vlassopoulos A, Rito A, Farpour N, Brown T, Douglas P, Ramos Salas X, Woodward E, Collins C: European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) position statement on medical nutrition therapy for the management of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents developed in collaboration with the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD). Obes Facts 2022.

Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Rito A, Lopes C, Muc M, Darzi A, Araújo F, Miraldo M, Morais Nunes A and Allen LN. Modeling the health impact of legislation to limit the salt content of bread in Portugal: A macro simulation study. Front. Public Health 2022. 10:876827.

 Santos M, Matias F, Loureiro I, Rito AI, Castanheira I, Bento A, Assunção R. Commercial Baby Foods Aimed at Children up to 36 Months: Are They a Matter of Concern? Foods. 2022; 11(10):1424.


Baleia J, Pirata C, Mendes S, Figueira I, Martins F, Rito AI. Chiote I. Changes in children ́s eating consumption and other food related behaviors during the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Portugal: MUN-SI Cascais program 2019/2020.Boletim Epidemiológico Observações (2021), 10(13): 4-9.

Serôdio A, Rito A, Castanheira I: Obesity and intestinal microbiome: is there correlation? Boletim Epidemiológico Obeservações (2021), 10(13):45-49

Coelho I, Motta C, Ribeiro M, Serôdio A, Mendes S, Delgado I, Dias G, Santos M, Vieira L, Brazão R, Rito A, Jesus S, Castanheira I: METROFOOD -RI infrastructure as a tool for the prevention of the obesogenic environment. Boletim Epidemiológico Obeservações (2021), 10(13):50-54

Wickramasinghe K, Chatterjee S, Williams J, Weber MW, Rito AI, Rippin H, Breda J. Childhood overweight and obesity abatement policies in Europe. Obesity Reviews (2021). Obesity Reviews (2021) 22(S6a).e13300

Breda J, McColl K, Buoncristiano M, Williams J, Abdrakhmanova S, Abdurrahmonova Z, Ahrens,W, Akhmedova, D, Bakacs, M, Boer, JMA, Boymatova, K, Brinduse, LA, Cucu, A, Duleva, V, Endevelt, R, Sant’Angelo, VF, Fijałkowska, A, Hadžiomeragić, AF, García-Solano, M, Grøholt, EK, Gualtieri, A, Hassapidou, M, Hejgaard, T, Hyska, J, Kelleher, CC, Kujundžić, E, Mäki, P, Markidou Ioannidou, E, Melkumova, M, Moyersoen, I, Milanović, SM, Nurk, E, Ostojic, SM, Peterkova, V, Petrauskienė, A, Pudule, I, Rito, AI, Russell Jonsson, K, Rutter, H, Salanave, B, Seyidov, N, Shengelia, L, Silitrari, N, Spinelli, A, Spiroski, I, Starc, G, Stojisavljević, D, Tanrygulyyeva, M, Tichá, Ľ, Usupova, Z, Weghuber, D, Yardim, N, Zamrazilová, H, Zbanatskyi, V, Branca, F, Weber, M & Rakovac. Methodology and implementation of the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). Obesity Reviews (2021) 22(S6a). e13215.

Ramos-Salas X, Buoncristiano M, Williams J, Kebbe M, Spinelli A, Nardone P, Rito A, Duleva V, Musić-Milanović S, Kunesova M, Braunerová RT, Hejgaard T et al. Parental Perceptions of Children’s Weight Status in 22 Countries: The WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: COSI 2015/2017. Obesity Facts (2021).

Breda J, Sant-Angelo VF, Duleva V, Galeone D, Heinen M, Kelleher C, Menzano MT, Musić-Milanović S, Mitchell L, Pudule I, Rito AI, Shengelia L, Spinelli A, Spiroski I, Yardim N, Buoncristiano M, Williams J, Rakovac I, McColl K.: Mobilizing governments and society to combat obesity: Reflections on how data from the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) are helping to drive policy progress. Obesity Reviews (2021). Obesity Reviews (2021), e13217

 Buoncristiano M, Spinelli A, Williams J, Nardone P, Rito AI, Garcia-Solano M, Grøholt EK, Gutiérrez-González E, Klepp KI, Starc G, Petrauskienė A, Kunešová M, Hassapidou M, Pérez-Farinós N, Pérez-Farinós I, Kelleher CC, Duleva V, Rakovac I, Chatterjee S, Breda J.Childhood overweight and obesity in Europe: Changes from 2007 to 2017. Obesity Reviews (2021), e13226

Santos M, Matias F, Rito AI, Castanheira I, Torres D, Loureiro I, Assunção R. Breakfast cereals intended to children: opportunities for reformulation and potential impact on nutrient intake. Foods (2021),10,1772.

Hercberg S, Touvier M, Salas-Salvado J, on behalf of the Group of European scientists supporting the implementation of Nutri-Score in Europe (AI Rito in group). A public health tool based on rigorous scientific evidence aiming to improve the nutritional status of the population. Int J Vitam Nutr Res (2021), 1-11.

 Heinen M, Bel-Serrat S, Kelleher CC, Buoncristiano M, Spinelli A, Nardone P, Musić-Milanović S , Rito AI, Bağcı Bosi AT, Gutiérrrez-González E, Pudule I, Abdrakhmanova S, Abdurrahmonova Z, Brinduse LA, Cucu A, Duleva V, Fijałkowska A, Gualtieri A, Hejgaard T, Hyska J, Kujundzic E, Petrauskiene A, Sacchini E, Shengelia L, Tanrygulyyeva M, Upsupova Z, Bergh IH, Weghuber D, Braunerová RT, Kunešová M, Sant’Angelo VF, Nurk E, Ostojic SM, Spiroski I, Ticha L, Rutter H, Williams J, Boymatova K, Rakovac I, Weber M, Breda J: Urban and rural differences in frequency of fruit, vegetable, and soft drink consumption among 6-9-year-old children from 19 countries from the WHO European Region. Obesity Reviews (2021), e13207

 Musić-Milanović S, Buoncristiano M, Križan H, Rathmes G, Williams J, Hyska J, Duleva V, Zamrazilová H, Hejgaard T, Jørgensen MB, Salanave B, Shengelia L, Kelleher C, Spinelli A, Nardone P, Abdrakhmanova S, Usupova Z, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Sant’Angelo VF, Kujundzic E, Fijałkowska A, Rito AI, Cucu A, Brinduse LA, Peterkova V, Gualtieri A, Garcia-Solano M, Gutiérrrez- Nurk E, González E, Boymatova K, Yardim N, Tanrygulyyeva M, Melkumova M, Weghuber D, Nurk E, Mäki P, Bergh IH, Ostojic SM, Jonsson KR, Spiroski I, Rutter H, Ahrens W, Rakovac I, Whiting S, Breda J: Socioeconomic disparities in physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep patterns among 6-9-Year-Old Children from 24 Countries in the WHO European region. Obesity Reviews (2021), e13209

 Fismen A-S, Buoncristiano M, Williams J, Helleve A, Bakacs M, Bergh IH, Duleva V, Fijałkowska A, Gualtieri A, Hejgaard T, Hyska J, Kelleher CC, Kierkegaard L, Kujundžić E, Kunešová M, Musić-Milanović S, Nardone P, Nurk E, Ostojic SO, Petrauskiene A, Rakovac, Rito AI, Rutter H, Sacchini E, Stojisavljević D, Sant’Angelo VF, Shengelia L, Spinelli A, Spiroski I, Tanrygulyyeva M, Weghuber D, Breda J: Socio-economic differences in food habits among 6-9-year-old children from 23 countries – WHO European childhood obesity surveillance initiative (COSII 2015/2017). Obesity Reviews (2021), e13211

 Buoncristiano M, Williams J, Simmonds P, Nurk E, Ahrens W, Nardone P, Rito AI, Rutter H, Bergh IH, Starc G, Jonsson KR, Spinelli A, Vandevijvere S, Mäki P, Music-Milanovic S, Salanave B, Yardim MS, Hejgaard T, Fijałkowska A, Abdrakhmanova S, Abdurrahmonova Z, Duleva V, Farrugia- Sant’Angelo V, García-Solano M, Gualtieri A, Gutiérrez-González E, | Huidumac-Petrescu C, Hyska J, Kelleher CC, Kujundžic E, Peterkova V, Petrauskiene A, Pudule I, Sacchini E, Shengelia L, Tanrygulyyeva M, Braunerová RT, Usupova Z, Maruszczak K, Ostojic SM, Spiroski I, Stojisavljevic D, Wickramasinghe K, Breda J. Socioeconomic inequalities in overweight and obesity among 6- to 9-year-old children in 24 countries from the World Health Organization European region. Obesity Reviews (2021), e13213

 Spinelli A, Buoncristiano M, Nardone P, Starc G, Hejgaard T, Júlíusson PB, Fismen AS, Weghuber D, Music-Milanovic S, García-Solano M, Rutter H, Rakovac I, Cucu A, Brinduse LA, Rito AI, Kovacs V, Heinem MH, Nurk E, MäkiP, Abdrakhmanova S, Rakhmatulleoeva S, Duleva V, Farrugia- Sant’Angelo V, Fijałkowska A, Gualtieri A, Sacchini E, Hassapidou M, Hyska J, Kelleher CC, Kujundžic E, Kunesova M, Ioannidou EM, Ostojic SM, Peterkova V, Petrauskiene A, Popovic S, Pudule I, Jonsson KR, Dal-Re Saavedra MA, Salanave B, Shengelia L, Spiroski I, Tanrygulyyeva M, Tichá L, Usupova Z, Ozcebe LH, Abildina A, Schindler K, Weber MW, Hadžiomeragic AF, Melkumova M, Stojisavljevic D, Boymatova K, Williams J, Breda J. Thinness, overweight, and obesity in 6- to 9-year-old children from 36 countries: The World Health Organization European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative—COSI 2015–2017. Obesity Reviews (2021), e13214

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (In NCD-RisC) Heterogeneous contributions of change in population distribution of body mass index to change in obesity and underweight. eLife 2021;10:e60060.

 Savona N, Macauley T, Aguiar A, Banik A, Boberska M, Brock J, Brown A, Hayward J, Holbæk H , Rito AI , Mendes S, Vaaheim F, van-Houten M, Veltkamp G, Allender S, Rutter H, Knai C: Identifying the views of adolescents in five European countries on the drivers of obesity using group model building. European Journal of Public Health (2021), 1–6.

Santos M, Rito AI, Matias FN, Assunção R, Castanheira I, Loureiro I: Nutrient profile models a useful tool to facilitate healthier food choices: a comprehensive review. Trends in Food Science & Technology (2021). 110: 120-131. Doi:          Quartil Scimago da revista: (Q1) 


World Health Organization Europe. Improving dietary intake and achieving food product improvement: Policy opportunities and challenges for the WHO European Region in reducing salt and sugar in the diet. Technical Report. Contributors/Authors: Tazeem  Bhatia,  Victoria  Targett, Alison Tedstone, Ronit Endevelt, Itamar Grotto, Rebecca Goldsmith, Maya Golan, Ehud Kaliner, Siegal Sadetzki, Moshe Barsimantov,  María  José  Yusta  Boyo,  Marta  García  Solano,  Carmen  Villar  Villalba,  María  Ángeles  Dal  Re  Saavedra,  Francisco  Goiana-da-Silva,  David  Cruz-e-Silva,  Afonso  Oom-Sousa,  Alexandre  Morais  Nunes,  Maria  João  Gregório,  Tânia  Cordeiro,  Conceição Calhau, Carla Lopes, Ana Rito, Marisa Miraldo, Alexandra Bento, Ara Darzi, Fernando Araújo, Elisabeth H.M. Temme, Caroline Wilson, Ivon Milder, Kremlin Wickramasinghe, João Breda. WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2020

Rito A, Baleia J, Pirata C, Oliveira dos Santos  D, Chiote I. Parental overweight and obesity and perception of children weight gain during the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Portugal: MUN-SI Cascais PROGRAM 2019/2020. Boletim Epidemiológico Observações  (2020), vol 9, numero especial  COVID 19 (12): 46-50.

Whiting S, Buoncristiano M, Gelius P, Abu-Omar K, Pattison M, Hyska J, Duleva V, Musić-Milanović S, Zamrazilová H, Hejgaard T, Rasmussen M, Nurk E, Shengelia L, Kelleher CC, Heinen MM, Spinelli A, Nardone P, Abildina A, Abdrakhmanova S, Aitmurzaeva G, Usuopva Z, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Sant’Angelo VF, Kujundzic E, Popovic S, Fismen A-S, Bergh IH, Fijalkowska A, Rito AI, Cucu A, Brinduse LA, Peterkova V, Gualtieri A, García-Solano M, Gutiérrez-González E, Abdurrahmonova Z, Boymatova K, Yardim N, Tanrygulyyeva M, Weghuber D, Schindler K, Stojisavljević D, Filipović Hadžiomeragić, A,  Markidou Ionnaidu E, Ahrens W, Hassapidou M, Kovacs VA, Ostojic S,  Ticha L, Starc G,  · Russell Jonsson K, Spiroski I,  Rutter H, Mendes R, Williams J, Rakovac I, Breda J. Physical Activity, Screen Time, and Sleep Duration of Children Aged 6–9 Years in 25 Countries: An Analysis within the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) 2015–2017. Obesity Facts (2020), DOI: 10.1159/000511263

    NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) – Height and body-mass index trajectories of school-aged children and adolescents from 1985 to 2019 in 200 countries and territories: a pooled analysis of 2181 population-based studies with 65 million participants. Lancet (2020), 396, 1511-24

   Hutchinson J, Rippin H, Threapleton D, Jewell J, Kanamäe H, Salupuu K, Caroli M, Antignani A, Pace L, Vassallo C, Lande B, Hildonen C, Rito AI, Santos M, Blenkus MG, Sarkadi-Nagy E, 12 | Gergó E, Cade JE, Breda J. High sugar content of European commercial baby foods and proposed updates to existing recommendations. Maternal & Child Nutrition (2020), e13020

    Williams J, Buoncristiano M, Nardone P, Rito AI, Spinelli A, Hejgaard T, Kierkegaard L, Nurk E, Kunesova M, Milanović SM, García-Solano M, Gutiérrez-González E, Brinduse LA, Cucu A, Fijalkowska A, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Abdrakhmanova S, Pudule I, Duleva V, Yardim N, Gultieri A, Heinen M, Bel-Serrat S, Usupova Z, Peterkova V, Shengelia L, Hyska J, Tanrygulyyeva M, Petrauskiene A, Rakhmatullaeva S, Kujundzic E, Ostojic SM, Weghuber D, Melkumova M, Spiroski I, Starc G, Rutter H, Rathmes G, Bunge AC, Rakovac I, Boymatova K, Weber M, Breda J. A Snapshot of European Children’s Eating Habits: Results from the Fourth Round of the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). Nutrients (2020), 12, 2481; doi:10.3390/nu12082481

      Rito A, Lopes D, Baleia J, Mendes S.  Impact of a Community-Based Program during a decade in schools setting on Childhood Obesity in Portugal: Mun-SI 2008-2018. Acta Portuguesa de Nutrição (2020), 21:50-56

      Rito AI, Mendes S, Santos M, Goiana-da-Silva F, Cappuccio FP, Whiting S, Dinis A, Rascôa C, Castanheira I, Darzi A, Breda J. Salt Reduction Strategies in Portuguese School Meals, from Pre-School to Secondary Education—The Eat Mediterranean Program. Nutrients (2020), 12, 2213; DOI:10.3390/nu12082213

Goiana-da-Silva F,  Severo M, Cruz e Silva D, Gregório MJ, Allen LN, Muc M, Nunes AM, Torres D, Miraldo M, Ashrafian H, Rito A, Wickramasinghe K, Breda J, Darzi A, Araújo F, Lopes C: Projected impact of the Portuguese sugar-sweetened beverage tax on obesity incidence across different age groups: A modelling study. PLoS Med (2020), March 17(3).


 Mendes S, Bica M, Baleia J, Goiana-da-Silva F e Rito A: Eight years of sugar-sweetened beverages consumption among Portuguese children aged 6 to 8 years old: COSI Portugal 2008 – 2016. Boletim Epidemiológico Observações  (2019), Dec 8(11): 17-21.

 Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Allen LN, Nunes AM, Calhau C, Rito A, Bento A, Miraldo M, Darzi A: Portugal’s voluntary food reformulation agreement and the WHO reformulation targets. Jornal of Global Health (2019), Dec; 9(2): 020315.

Rito Al, Cardoso R, Portugal I, Baleia J, Mendes S, Bica M: Evaluation of Portuguese Community Health Projects and initiatives within the European and National Healthy Cities Network.  Acta Portuguesa de Nutrição (2019), 16: 4-8

Rito AI, Buoncristiano M, Spinelli A, Salanave B, Kunešová M, Hejgaard T, García Solano M, Fijałkowska A, Sturua L,  Hyska J, Kelleher C, Duleva VI, Musić Milanović S,  Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Abdrakhmanova S,  Kujundzic E, Peterkova V,  Gualtieri A, Pudule I,  Petrauskienė A,  Tanrygulyyeva M,  Sherali R,  Huidumac-Petrescu C, Williams J,  Ahrens W,  Breda J. Association between Characteristics at Birth, Breastfeeding and Obesity in 22 Countries: The WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative – COSI 2015/2017. Obes Facts (2019),  12:226–243

Spinelli A, Buoncristiano M,  Kovacs VA, Yngve A, Spiroski I, Obreja G, Starc G, Pérez N, Rito AI, Kunešová M, Sant’Angelo VF, Meisfjord Jl, Bergh IH, Kelleher C, Yardim N, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Duleva V, Sjöberg A, Gualtieri A, Hassapidou M, Hyska J, Burazeri G, Petrescu CH, Heinen M, Takacs H, Zamrazilová H, Bosi TB, Sacchini E, Pagkalos I, Cucu A, Nardone P, Gately PA, Williams J, Breda J. Prevalence of Severe Obesity among Primary School Children in 21 European Countries. Obes Facts (2019),  12:244–258.

 Goiana-da-Silva F, Cruz-e-Silva D, Gregório MJ, Nunes AM,  Calhau C, Hercberg S, Rito A, Bento A, Cruz D, Almeida F, Darzi A, Araújo F. Nutri-Score: A Public Health Tool to Improve Eating Habits in Portugal, Acta Med Port (2019),  Mar;32(3):175-178

Bel-Serrat S, Ojeda-Rodríguez A,  Heinen MM, Buoncristiano M, Abdrakhmanova S, Duleva V, Sant’Angelo VF, Fijałkowska A, Hejgaard T, Huidumac C, Hyska J,  Kujundzic E, Milanović SM, Ovezmyradova G, Pérez-Farinós N, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI,  Shengelia L,  Braunerová RT, Rutter H, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC, Breda J. Clustering of Multiple Energy Balance-Related Behaviors in School Children and its Association with Overweight and Obesity-WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI 2015/2017).  Nutrients (2019), 11(3), 511

Rito AI, Dinis A, Rascôa C; Maia A, Mendes S, Padrão J, Stein-Novais C, Lima J. Mediterranean Diet Index (KIDMED) Adherence, Socioeconomic Determinants, and Nutritional Status of Portuguese Children: The Eat Mediterranean Program.  Portuguese Journal of Public Health (2019), 36(3)


Santos M, Mendes S, Dinis A, Rascôa C, Rito AI: Avaliação da intervenção qualitativa na composição nutricional de refeições escolares: programa Eat Mediterranean. Boletim Epidemiológico, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge (2018), nº23

Garcia B, Mendes S, Sousa RC, Portugal I, Rito A. Programa AMEA kids – Abordagem individual de obesidade infantil em quatro Regiões de Saúde Portuguesas. 2018

Rito AI, Dinis A, Rascôa C; Rodrigues S, Stein-Novais, Mendes S, Maia A, Luis S, Luciano R: Avaliação e Promoção da qualidade alimentar e nutricional de refeições escolares portuguesas. Programa Eat Mediterranean. Acta Portuguesa de Nutrição (2018), 12: 6-12

Rito AI, Dinis A, Rascôa C; Maia A, de Carvalho Martins I, Santos M, Lima J, Mendes S, Padrão J, Stein-Novais C. Improving Breakfast Patterns of Portuguese ChildrenAn evaluation of Ready to Eat Cereals according to the European nutrient profile model. Eur J Clin Nutr. (2018) Jul 4. doi: 10.1038/s41430-018-0235-6.

World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Factsheet COSI, Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative HIGHLIGHTS 2015-17 – Preliminary data (2018).


Abarca-Gómez, L.; Abdeen, Z.A.; Hamid, Z.A.; Abu-Rmeileh, N.M.; Acosta-Cazares, B.; Acuin, C.; Adams, R.J.; Aekplakorn, W.; Afsana, K.; Aguilar-Salinas, C.A.; et al. (NCD Risk Factor Collaboration) Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: A pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128.9 million children, adolescents, and adults. Lancet (2017); 390: 2627–4. DOI:

Rito A, Sousa R, Mendes S, Graça P. Childhood obesity surveillance initiative: COSI Portugal 2016 (2017).


Lissner L, Wijnhoven TMA, Mehlig K, Sjöberg A, Kunesova M, Yngve A, Petrauskiene A, Duleva V, Rito AI and J Breda. Socioeconomic inequalities in childhood overweight: heterogeneity across five countries in the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI–2008) International Journal of Obesity (2016), 1–7


Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Yngve A, Sjöberg A, Kunešová M, Duleva V, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: health-risk behaviours on nutrition and physical activity among 6–9-year-old schoolchildren. Public Health Nutrition 2015 Dec;18(17):3108-24. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015001937

Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Spinelli A, Yngve A, Lissner L, Spiroski I, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Pérez-Farinós N, Martos E, Heinen M , Kunešová M, Rito AI, Hovengen R, Starc G , Duleva V, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Braeckevelt L, Hassapidou M, Breda J, van ’t Veer P. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: Impact of Type of Clothing Worn during Anthropometric Measurements and Timing of the Survey on Weight and Body Mass Index Outcome Measures in 6–9-Year-Old Children. Epidemiology Research International (2016)

Rito A, Graça P. Childhood obesity surveillance initiative: COSI Portugal 2013 (2015).

Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Yngve A, Sjöberg A, Kunešová M, Duleva V, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: health-risk behaviours on nutrition and physical activity among 6–9-year-old schoolchildren. Public Health Nutrition 2015 Dec;18(17):3108-24. DOI:10.1017/S1368980015001937.


Carvalho MA,  Santos O, Rito A, Foster E, Moore HJ, Pereira Miguel J: Development of a new computer program to assess dietary intake among Portuguese school-age children: a qualitative approach. Ata Pediátrica Portuguesa, 45 (2): 116-123, 2014

  Rito A; Garcia R; Abreu P. Projetos Comunitários promotores da saúde no âmbito da Rede Portuguesa de Cidades Saudáveis – Resultados de um estudo nacional, 2014.

  Wijnhoven TA, van Raaij J, Spinelli A, Starc G, Hassapidou M, Spiroski I, Rutter H, Martos E, Rito AI, Hovengen R, Pérez-Farinós N, Petrauskiene A, Eldin N, Braeckevelt L, Pudule I, Kunešová M, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: body mass index and level of overweight among 6–9-year-old children from school year 2007/2008 to school year 2009/2010. BMC Public Health, 14:806, 2014. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-14-806

Wijnhoven TA, van Raaij J, Sjöberg A, Eldin N, Yngve A, Kunešová M, Starc G, Rito AI, Duleva V, Hassapidou M, Martos E, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Hovengen R, Breda J. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: School Nutrition Environment in relation to Body Mass Index in Primary Schools Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2014, 11(11), 11261-11285; (IF 1,99) doi:10.3390/ijerph111111261

Carvalho MA,  Baranowski T; Foster E;  Santos O, Rito A, Cardoso B; Rito A , Pereira Miguel J: Validation of the Portuguese self-administered computorize 24-hour dietary recall among second-, third- and fourth-grade children. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014


Wijnhoven T; van Raaij J; Spinelli A; Rito AI, Hovengen R; Kunesova M;. Starc G; Rutter H; Sjöberg A; Petrauskiene A; O’Dwyer U; Petrova S;. Farrugia Sant’Angelo V; Wauters M; Yngve A; Rubana IM; and J. Breda. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative 2008: weight, height and body mass index in 6–9-year-old children. Pediatric Obesity, 8(2), 79–97, 2013. DOI:10.1111/j.I2047-6310.2012.00090.x

Rito AI, Carvalho MA, Ramos C, Breda J: Program Obesity Zero (POZ) – a community based intervention to address overweight primary school children from five Portuguese municipalities. Public Health Nutrition, 16 (6); 1043-1051, 2013. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980013000244.


Rito A; Wijnhoven T; Rutter H; Carvalho MA; Paixão E; Ramos C; Claudio D; Espanca R; Sancho T; Cerqueira Z; Carvalho R; Faria C; Feliciano E and J. Breda. Prevalence of obesity among Portuguese children (6–8 years old) using three definition criteria: COSI Portugal, 2008. Pediatric Obesity, 7(6), 413-422. 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00068.x

 Rito A, Paixão E, Carvalho MA, Ramos C. Childhood obesity surveillance initiative: COSI Portugal 2010 (2012)


Breda J, Vijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JMA, Spinelli A, Rutter H, Wauters M, Petrova S, Markidou E, Kunesova M, O’Dwyer U, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Sant’ Angelo FV, Hovengen R, Meisfjord JR, Rito A, Starc G, Sjoberg A, Yngve A, Kovacs V, Chassapidou M, Perez N, Vladimir Kendrovski: What can we learn from collaborative European programmes? Obesity Reviews; 12(Supp.1):4-5, 2011.(MUNSI) nd

Carvalho MA, Pereira Miguel J, Santos O, Rito A. The development and validation of a novel computer program to assess food and nutrition intake in Portuguese schoolchildren. Obesity Reviews ,12(Supplement s1):102, 2011.(MUNSI) MAIO

Ramos C ,Silva AL, Carvalho MA, Rito A. Relationship between family socioeconomic and educational level and childhood overweight from a Portuguese municipality based study. Obesity Reviews; 12 (S1): 99, 2011.(MUNSI) MAIO

Silva AL;  Ramos C; Carvalho MA;  Rito A. Demographic variables and childhood obesity in a community-based program in Portugal. Obesity Reviews; 12(Supplement s1):102, 2011.(MUNSI) MAIO

Carvalho MA, do Carmo I, Breda J, Rito A. Análise comparativa de métodos de abordagem da Obesidade Infantil. Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública, 29(2): 148-156, 2011.(MUNSI) AGOSTO

Silva AL, Coelho F, Ramos C, Carvalho MA,  Breda J, Rito A. Variáveis  materno-infantis e obesidade infantil nos municipios de Fundão, Montijo, Oeiras, Seixal e Viana do castelo.  Nutricias; 11:26-28, 2011.(MUNSI) MAIO

Rodrigues AS, do Carmo I, Breda J, Rito A. Associação entre o marketing de produtos alimentares de elevada densidade energética e a obesidade infantil. Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública, 29(2):179-186, 2011.(MUNSI) OUTUBRO

 Rito A. (2011) Projecto Obesidade Zero. In: Chapter 8, Epode and Similar initiatives across Europe. p. 214-217. 


 Carvalho MA, Ramos C, Breda J, Rito A. “Zero Obesity Questionnaire” (ZOQ) – The development and validation of a novel questionnaire to assess nutrition knowledge, food behaviours and self image in school children. Obesity Reviews, 11 (S1): 416, 2010.

Silva AL, Lopes S, Breda J, Rito A. Parental socioeconomic and educational level and child overweight – lessons from a municipality based study. Obesity Reviews, 11 (S1): 415, 2010.

Carvalho MA, Rito A, Breda J. Avaliação do Impacto do projecto Obesidade Zero ao nível do estado nutricional das crianças. (2010) Endocrinologia, Diabetes & Obesidade, 4(4):264, 2010.

Costa M, Breda J, Rito A. Aleitamento materno e risco de excesso de peso em idade escolar.  Nutricias, 10:8-10, 2010.

Rama P, Breda J, Rito A. Estatuto socio-económico e excesso de peso numa população escolar infantil em Portugal. Nutricias; 10:8-10, 2010.


 Carlos A; Rito A. Comportamentos sedentários em crianças com excesso de peso. Visionamento Televisivo, video jogos, utilização da internet e estudo. Revista Nutricias. 9: 21-23, 2009.

 Lopes S; Rito A: Avaliação da  Evolução de pré-obesidade e obesidade em criança em idade pré-escolar e escolar. Revista Nutricias. 9: 13-14, 2009.


 Rito A, Breda J: Um olhar sobre a estratégia de Nutrição, actividade física e obesidade na União Europeia e em Portugal. Nutricias, 6: 15-18, 2006.


 Rito A: A pré-escola: uma ferramenta contra a obesidade. Nutricias 3: 42-46, 2003.