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Evaluation of a digital food photography atlas used as portion size measurement aid in dietary surveys in Greece
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    Journal article
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    Naska A, Valanou E, Peppa E, Katsoulis M, Barbouni A, Trichopoulou A
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    2369, 2376
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    Public Health Nutrition
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© The Authors 2016.Objective To evaluate how well respondents perceive digital images of food portions commonly consumed in Greece. Design The picture series was defined on the basis of usual dietary intakes assessed in earlier large-scale studies in Greece. The evaluation included 2218 pre-weighed actual portions shown to participants, who were subsequently asked to link each portion to a food picture. Mean differences between picture numbers selected and portions actually shown were compared using the Wilcoxon paired signed-rank test. The effect of personal characteristics on participants' selections was evaluated through unpaired t tests (sex and school years) or through Tukey-Kramer pairwise comparisons (age and food groups). Setting Testing of participants' perception of digital food images used in the Greek national nutrition survey. Subjects Individuals (n 103, 61 % females) aged 12 years and over, selected on the basis of the target population of the Greek nutrition survey using convenience sampling. Results Individuals selected the correct or adjacent image in about 90 % of the assessments and tended to overestimate small and underestimate large quantities. Photographs of Greek traditional pies and meat-based pastry dishes led participants to perceive the amounts in the photos larger than they actually were. Adolescents were more prone to underestimating food quantities through the pictures. Conclusions The digital food atlas appears generally suitable to be used for the estimation of average food intakes in large-scale dietary surveys in Greece. However, individuals who consistently consume only small or only large food portions may have biased perceptions in relation to others.
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