Submitted to: American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 24, 2004
Publication Date: October 2, 2004
Citation: Cleveland, L. 2004. Highlights on the dietary status of Americans: 2001-2002 [abstract]. American Association Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo Education Session Handouts Book. p. T2-3. Technical Abstract: The purpose of this presentation is to provide examples of types of data available from What We Eat in America, NHANES 2001-2002. This survey is the culmination of efforts at the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to integrate USDA's Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals and the dietary portion of HHS' National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) into a single survey. Micro-data from the survey are being released for public use in September 2004, and tabulated and summarized data will be released later in the fall. Selected highlights will be presented on current dietary status in the United States and trends in intake. Topics discussed will include: (1) comparison of nutrient intakes to Dietary Reference Intakes; (2) comparison of food intakes to Food Guide Pyramid recommendations; (3) trends in food intakes and meal patterns over the past 25 years; and (4) the contribution of snacking occasions to dietary intake. Data for 2001-2002 are from about 9,700 individuals of all ages, and are weighted to be representative of the U.S. population. They were collected using USDA's Automated Multiple Pass Method for conducting 24-hour dietary recalls. Information presented will benefit scientists, nutrition educators, dietitians, food industry representatives, and individuals who guide food and nutrition policy decisions.