Comparison of a Web-based versus traditional diet recall among children

J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Apr;112(4):527-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.10.002. Epub 2012 Feb 1.


Self-administered instruments offer a low-cost diet assessment method for use in adult and pediatric populations. This study tested whether 8- to 13-year-old children could complete an early version of the Automated Self Administered 24-hour diet recall (ASA24) and how this compared to an interviewer-administered 24-hour diet recall. One-hundred twenty 8- to 13-year-old children were recruited in Houston from June through August 2009 and randomly assigned to complete either the ASA24 or an interviewer-administered 24-hour diet recall, followed by the other recall mode covering the same time interval. Multivariate analysis of variance, testing for differences by age, sex, and ethnic/racial group, were applied to percentages of food matches, intrusions, and omissions between reports on the ASA24 and the interviewer-administered 24-hour diet recall. For the ASA24, qualitative findings were reported regarding ease of use. Overall matches between interviewer-administered and ASA24 self-administered 24-hour diet recall was 47.8%. Matches were significantly lower among younger (8- to 9-year-old) compared with older (10- to 13-year-old) children. Omissions on ASA24 (18.9% overall) were most common among 8-year-olds and intermediate among 9-year-olds. Eight- and 9-year-olds had substantial difficulties and often required aid in completing ASA24. Findings from this study suggest that a simpler version of an Internet-based diet recall program would be easier for children to use.

Keywords: 24 hour recall; children; computer; diet assessment.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Community Participation
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Diet Surveys / instrumentation*
  • Diet Surveys / methods
  • Dietetics / economics
  • Dietetics / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet / economics
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mental Recall
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Report
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires