4186.0 Research methods and measures in food and nutrition

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The impact of the food environment on the rates of obesity continues to receive considerable attention in obesity discussions. However, objective measurement of the food environment continues to be an understudied area. Numerous questions remain about which source is the most accurate measure of the food environment: food counts of certain a priori classes of foods, evaluation of foods being advertised or marketed, density of food outlets or distance between food outlets, etc. There is also limited understanding of how changes in the food environment changes eating behavior. Despite researchers agreeing that obesity results from lack of balance in between food intake and physical activity, we have a limited number of surveys that assess the physical and food environments simultaneously. This session will highlight research that addresses these issues.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe and rank different methods of assessing the food environment for impact on obesity rates 2. Discuss how shifts in the school food environment (addition of breakfast program) affects food intake at lunch 3. Describe the development and performance of an index designed to simultaneously measure physical activity behavior and eating behavior within individuals
Wendy Johnson-Askew, PhD, MPH, RD

Measuring the fast food environment: Results from a reliability study
Christopher M. Quinn, BA, Leah Rimkus, MPH, RD, Dianne C. Barker, MHS, Hongyuan Gao, MA and Frank Chaloupka, PhD
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Index
Valerie F. Ruelas, LCSW, Ellen Iverson, MPH, Preston Kiekel, PhD, Anne Peters, MD and Michele D. Kipke, PhD

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Epidemiology

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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