Assessing dietary intake in children and adolescents : considerations and recommendations for obesity research

Magarey, Anthea, Watson, Jane, Golley, Rebecca K., Burrows, Tracy, Sutherland, Rachel, McNaughton, Sarah A., Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth, Campbell, Karen and Collins, Clare 2011, Assessing dietary intake in children and adolescents : considerations and recommendations for obesity research, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 2-11.

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Title Assessing dietary intake in children and adolescents : considerations and recommendations for obesity research
Author(s) Magarey, Anthea
Watson, Jane
Golley, Rebecca K.
Burrows, Tracy
Sutherland, Rachel
McNaughton, Sarah A.ORCID iD for McNaughton, Sarah A.
Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth
Campbell, KarenORCID iD for Campbell, Karen
Collins, Clare
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 2
End page 11
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-02
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) dietary assessment
dietary intake
diet methods
Summary Dietary intake and food habits are important contributors to the obesity epidemic. They are highly modifi able components of energy balance and are usually targeted in both obesity prevention and treatment programs. However, measurement of total diet creates challenges and can convey a large burden in terms of cost, technical expertise, impact on respondents and time. It is not surprising therefore that comprehensive reports of dietary intake in children are uncommon and, when reported, have limitations. The aim of this paper is to guide researchers and practitioners in selecting the most appropriate dietary assessment method for situations involving children and adolescents. This paper presents a summary of the issues to consider when choosing a method, a description of some of the more commonly used dietary assessment methods for young people and a series of case-studies to illustrate the range of circumstances faced when measuring dietary intake. We recommend that researchers consider the specifi c components of dietary intake addressed in their research and practice, and whether diet should be reported comprehensively or as targeted components. Other considerations include age, cognitive ability, weight status, physical activity level, respondent burden, and reliability and validity in the context of program goals and research questions. A checklist for selecting the appropriate dietary methodology is provided. This guide aims to facilitate the reporting of dietary intake and food habits in the context of obesity using valid and reliable measures, thus contributing to the evidence-base for nutrition policies and programs relating to obesity.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Informa Healthcare
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