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Open Access Adults with Obesity Underreport High-calorie Foods in the Home

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Objective: We sought to determine the accuracy with which individuals with obesity would complete an inventory of high-calorie foods in the home. Methods: Lean adults (BMI<25) and adults with clinically-defined obesity (BMI≥30) self-administered a home food inventory of high-calorie foods. This was followed by a visit to the home by research staff who administered their own inventory. Results: Twelve of 20 participants with obesity underreported the number of high-calorie foods in their homes by 4 or more items, compared to only 3 of 22 lean participants (p < .001). Conclusions: Many adults with obesity not only underreport the amount of energy they consume, but also the kinds of foods kept in their homes.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Clemson University, SC, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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