Digital photography improves estimates of dietary intake in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

L T Ptomey, E A Willis, J R Goetz, Jae Hoon Lee, D K Sullivan, J E Donnelly

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Dietary assessment of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is challenging due to the limited cognitive abilities of this population. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using of digital images to improve the estimates of energy and macronutrient intake from proxy-assisted 3-day food records in adolescents with IDD. METHOD: Participants used a mobile device to take photos of all food and beverages consumed over a three-day period and simultaneously completed a standard parent-assisted 3-day food record at two separate time points. A registered dietitian reviewed and recorded the differences between the standard record and the images. The proxy-assisted records and the photo-assisted records were analyzed separately. RESULTS: One hundred and thirty eating occasions were entered (20 participants (age = 14.9 ± 2.2 yrs, 45.0% female)). Photo-assisted records captured significantly higher estimates of
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-150
JournalDisability and Health Journal
StatePublished - 2015

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