• To assess the feasibility of using electronic visual recording in combination with food records to assess individual level dietary intake over a four day period in Aboriginal infants and children.
  • To test the feasibility of collecting dietary intake data. 

All foods and drinks consumed by the child over four consecutive days were recorded in daily food records and pictures or videos. 

Dietary intake data was collected from three girls and five boys aged 11 months to eight years, five during four days and three during one day at a cost of $3,300 per child.

One-third of the 89 meals reported to be consumed through the food records were electronically recorded. Most photos were taken in the first two days with the number of meals electronically recorded decreasing each day over the 4-day period.

Our research has found:
  • Use of electronic recording to aid individual usual dietary intake data collection was well accepted by participants but labor intensive. The use of photos or video was important to complement the food record data. 
  • Collection periods longer than four days and spread over 1-2 weeks may be more appropriate to minimise dietary intake day-to-day variance.
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This project commenced in December 2012. Field work was completed in December 2013.

  • Menzies School of Health Research Small Grant.