How are dietary intakes measured?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


A team of UON researchers, led by Professor Clare Collins, is collaborating with national and international experts in order to improve the understanding of how dietary intake is measured and assessed amongst Australian researcher and health practitioners.

Poor eating habits are the highest contributor to the burden of disease in Australia.

Despite the costs and burden associated with diet-related poor health and chronic disease, there is a distinct lack of high-quality studies that rigorously evaluate and analyse eating patterns to inform specific dietary interventions to improve health and well-being.

The current survey is asking researcher who want to measure dietary intake about methods they currently use and any perceived barriers to dietary assessment and to highlight the resources and expertise needed to make evidence-based recommendations.

“We’re looking for input from nutrition researchers, epidemiologist, statistician dietitians, nutritionists, public health professionals and those who want to measure dietary intake who can answer a short series of questions about the methods they’ve used to assess diet and what resources they feel they’d need to improve assessment, analysis and interpretation of the data,” Professor Collins said.

The information gathered from the data will be used to develop an online tool to support decisions about measurement and analysis of dietary intake across a broad range of contexts.

For further information, or to complete the survey go here.