Salley: A Comparison of Methods for Estimating the Energy Content of Meals With and Without Caloric Information

Title: A Comparison of Methods for Estimating the Energy Content of Meals With and Without Caloric Information

Presented by: James N. Salley

Committee Chair: Dr. Eric Muth

Committee: Drs. Adam Hoover & Patrick Rosopa

Details: Tuesday, May 15th at 10am in Brackett 419

Abstract:
Obesity is an increasing health problem in the US, associated with such dangerous health risks as heart disease and diabetes. Self-monitoring in the form of calorie counting is a critical aspect of successful weight loss. However, calorie estimations are subject to several perceptual and cognitive biases, and there are limited tools available to assist these estimations. The present study seeks to assess the accuracy of participants’ estimations of the calorie content of meals in the presence or absence of nutrition labeling information, and to compare their accuracy with calorie estimations based on bite count. Data were collected from a study in which 283 participants were allowed to select from a wide variety of meals in a cafeteria setting, which they consumed while wearing a device designed to count bites of food. They were asked to estimate the number of calories they consumed either with or without caloric information. The accuracy of these estimations will be compared between the two groups and to a proxy for caloric intake based on bite count.

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