Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 53–65 | Cite as

Issues in Measuring and Interpreting Diet and Its Contribution to Obesity

  • Rachael M. Taylor
  • Rebecca L. Haslam
  • Tracy L. Burrows
  • Kerith R. Duncanson
  • Lee M. Ashton
  • Megan E. Rollo
  • Vanessa A. Shrewsbury
  • Tracy L. Schumacher
  • Clare E. CollinsEmail author
Etiology of Obesity (T Gill, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Etiology of Obesity


Purpose of Review

This review summarises the issues related to the measurement and interpretation of dietary intake in individuals with overweight and obesity, as well as identifies future research priorities.

Recent Findings

Some aspects of the assessment of dietary intake have improved through the application of technology-based methods and the use of dietary biomarkers. In populations with overweight and obesity, misreporting bias related to social desirability is a prominent issue. Future efforts should focus on combining technology-based dietary methods with the use of dietary biomarkers to help reduce and account for the impact of these biases.


Future research will be important in terms of strengthening methods used in the assessment and interpretation of dietary intake data in the context of overweight and obesity.


Obesity Diet Assessment Measurement Interpretation Review 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachael M. Taylor
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rebecca L. Haslam
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tracy L. Burrows
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kerith R. Duncanson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lee M. Ashton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Megan E. Rollo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vanessa A. Shrewsbury
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tracy L. Schumacher
    • 2
    • 3
  • Clare E. Collins
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Health SciencesUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and NutritionUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Health and Medicine, Department of Rural HealthUniversity of NewcastleTamworthAustralia

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