Fruit and Vegies on lunchboxes: accuracy of a prospective 24 hour food record for primary school children

Huddy, Anna D., Adams, Jillian K, Holden, Libby, Newell, Sallie A., van Beurden, Eric and Dietrich, Uta C. (2003) Fruit and Vegies on lunchboxes: accuracy of a prospective 24 hour food record for primary school children. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 14 2: 141-143.

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Author Huddy, Anna D.
Adams, Jillian K
Holden, Libby
Newell, Sallie A.
van Beurden, Eric
Dietrich, Uta C.
Title Fruit and Vegies on lunchboxes: accuracy of a prospective 24 hour food record for primary school children
Journal name Health Promotion Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1073
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 143
Total pages 3
Place of publication Camperdown, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess the accuracy of the lunchbox component of parent-completed food records for primary school children’s fruit and vegetable intakes.

Design: We use a cross-sectional survey where parents completed 24 hour food records including a section about foods packed in their children’s lunchboxes for the next day. On the children’s arrival at school, trained observers compared actual lunchbox contents against the parentreported information.

Subjects: 241 primary school children, representing a 76% response rate.

Setting: A primary school in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. Statistical analyses: Pearsons correlations tested the agreement between the amounts of fruits and vegetables reported on the food record and observed in the lunchbox. Paired t-tests tested whether differences between the two methods were significantly different from zero. As many children had no fruits and/or vegetables in their lunchboxes, analyses were conducted for all children and for only those with some fruits and vegetables.

Results: Amounts of fruits and vegetables observed in children’s lunchboxes were very similar to those reported by parents, with non-significant mean differences of less than 0.005 serves for both fruits and vegetables. Excluding the agreed zero counts, the lunchbox observations remained highly correlated with the parent-completed food records, with mean differences remaining minimal.

Conclusion: Parents can accurately report fruits and vegetables packed in their children’s lunchboxes. While offering a high level of confidence in overall reported fruit intakes, further research is needed to confirm the accuracy of parent-reported overall vegetable intakes.
Keyword Food records
Fruits & vegetables
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
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