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Dietary assessment tools for use with children
Project Code: N08019
University of Newcastle
Adamson, A ; Foster, E
There is increasing evidence that the quality of food intake during childhood is important for health in adult life, and eating habits learnedearly in life may be retained in adulthood.
The key findings from this study were that there was no difference in children’s ability to estimate food portion sizes with interview type. That is, children were as accurate in their estimate of food portion size 24 hours after eating than when the food was put in front of them.
Chilren left a large proportion of the foods given to them, and the proportion of leftovers was greater in younger age groups than in older age groups. This highlights a need to note the mounts of food left over in dietary assessment of children.
Looking at the performance of the portion size assessment tools, for all age groups and all foods combined, the IPSAS was the most accurate method on average.The fod photographs also performed well however the food models were poor in terms of both accuracy and precision. Accuracy and precision of portion size estimates using all tools increased with increasing age.
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