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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007, pp. 112-115
Bioline Code: hn07015
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007, pp. 112-115

 en Validation of Visual Estimation of Portion Size Consumed as a Method for Estimating Food Intake by Young Indian Children
Dhingra, Pratibha; Sazawal, Sunil; Menon, Venugopal P.; Dhingra, Usha & Black, Robert E.


In this observational study, estimation of food intake was evaluated using recording of portion size consumed, instead of post-weighing, as a method. In total, 930 feeding episodes were observed among 128 children aged 12-24 months in which actual intake was available by pre-and post-weighing. For each offering and feeding episode, portion size consumed was recorded by an independent nutritionist—as none, less than half, half or more, and all. Using the pre-weighed offering, available intake was estimated by multiplying portion sizes by the estimated weight. The estimated mean intake was 510.4 kilojoules compared to actual intake of 510.7 kilojoules by weighing. Similar results were found with nestum (52.0 vs 56.2 g), bread (3.8 vs 3.7 g), puffed rice (1.7 vs 1.9 g), banana (31.3 vs 24.4 g), and milk (41.6 vs 44.2 mL). Recording portion size consumed and estimating food intake from that provides a good alternative to the time-consuming and often culturally-unacceptable method of post-weighing food each time after a feeding episode.

Food intake; Caloric intake; Infant; Child; Visual estimation; Food record; Observational studies; India

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