FOOD ACCEPTABILITY RESEARCH: COMPARATIVE UTILITY OF THREE TYPES OF DATA FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN

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  • Paper No. 155 of the Journal Series of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service, Raleigh. N.C.

  • The services reported herein were performed pursuant to Grant #40418 from the Community Services Administration. Executive Office of the President. Washington, DC 20506.

  • The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the United States Government.

ABSTRACT

Acceptabilly of school-served food items was assessed by three methods: a five-point hedonic scale (HED); a five-point scale on which students estimated the amount they had eaten (AMT); and weighed plate waste. Reliability of HED scale was highlv sienificant: reliability of AMT scale was significant for all but one item. AMT scores. had closer relationship to food consumption than did HED scores. A statistical model was constructed for predicting food consumption from ratings; it was possible to obtain an indication of consumption by elementary students from either scale. Application of methods is discussed. Use of student ratings for predicting consumption by elementary students seemed feasible in test-retest situations.

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