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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Dietary Guidelines Adherence and Healthy Body Weight Maintenance Title: Usability of mobile phone food records to assess dietary intake in adolescents

Authors
item Casperson, Shanon
item Reineke, Jessica
item Sieling, Jared -
item Moon, Jon -
item Roemmich, James
item Whigham Grendell, Leah

Submitted to: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 3, 2012
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Citation: Casperson, S.L., Reineke, J.E., Sieling, J., Moon, J., Roemmich, J.N., Whigham Grendell, L.D. 2013. Usability of mobile phone food records to assess dietary intake in adolescents. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference. 27:230.2.

Technical Abstract: Mobile technologies are emerging as a valuable tool to collect and assess dietary intake. Adolescents readily accept and adopt new technologies, hence, a food record application (FRapp) may provide an accurate mechanism to monitor dietary intake. We examined the usability of a FRapp in 17 free-living adolescents. Participants (11 - 14 y) received detailed instructions and were asked to capture before and after images of all foods and beverages consumed, and enter text descriptions using the FRapp for 3-7 days. Sixteen participants used the FRapp and 1 used the phone’s native camera function to capture food images. A total of 109 meals were recorded, of which 40% included a post meal image. 62% of images included all foods, beverages and a fiducial marker. Text was recorded for 10 meals without images. Only 6 participants recorded 3 meals a day. One participant reported the FRapp as being too difficult (1 meal recorded) and another recorded all meals as snacks. Of the meals recorded, 25, 24, 25, and 35 were breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, respectively. These data suggest that a FRapp can be useful for dietary intake assessment in adolescents. A detailed interactive training session, including a test meal, may increase the inclusion of all foods and beverages in the images. Additionally, a trigger is needed to remind participants to take a post image. Study was supported by USDA ARS.

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