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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Accuracy of Dietary Recall by Adult Women Using the United States Department of Agriculture's Multiple-Pass Method.

item Conway, Joan
item Ingwersen, Linda
item Stout, Rhonda
item Moshfegh, Alanna -

Submitted to: American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 1, 2001
Publication Date: October 1, 2001
Citation: Conway, J.M., Ingwersen, L.A., Stout, R.L., Moshfegh, A.J. 2001. Accuracy of dietary recall by adult women using the United States Department of Agriculture's multiple-pass method. American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting.

Technical Abstract: Because of the need for accurate assessment of dietary intake, we tested the ability of 49 women (mean +/- SD) 41 +/-12 years of age and a Body Mass Index of (BMI) 29.7 +/- 6.9 kg/meters squared to recall food intake. Subjects selected all meals and snacks from a wide variety of foods during one day and were permitted to eat as much or as little as desired. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) multiple pass method for dietary recall was administered by telephone the following day. Subjects were provided with food measuring guides and USDA's Food Model Booklet of 2-dimensional drawings for estimating amounts of foods consumed. The mean difference between recalled (R) and actual (A) intakes for energy was only 161 +/- 346 kilocalories/day. There was no significant difference between R and A intakes for energy (R = 2376 +/- 658 kilocalories/day; A = 2215 +/- 631 kilocalories/day), protein (R = 91 +/- 30 grams/day; A = 86 +/- 27 grams/day), carbohydrate (R = 311 +/- 98 grams/day; A = 286 +/- 87 grams/day), or fat (R = 92 +/- 41 grams/day; A = 87 +/- 39 grams/day). Accuracy of recall was correlated negatively to BMI (r = -0.36, p<0.01), indicating that reporting accuracy was greater among women with higher BMIs. These data indicate that adult women could use the USDA Multiple Pass Method for dietary recall to accurately assess food intake under controlled conditions.

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