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Nutrients 2017, 9(1), 47;

The CSIRO Healthy Diet Score: An Online Survey to Estimate Compliance with the Australian Dietary Guidelines

CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, P.O. Box 10041, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
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Received: 30 November 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 22 December 2016 / Published: 9 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology Based Approaches to Dietary Intake Assessment)
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There are few dietary assessment tools that are scientifically developed and freely available online. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Healthy Diet Score survey asks questions about the quantity, quality, and variety of foods consumed. On completion, individuals receive a personalised Diet Score—reflecting their overall compliance with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Over 145,000 Australians have completed the survey since it was launched in May 2015. The average Diet Score was 58.8 out of a possible 100 (SD = 12.9). Women scored higher than men; older adults higher than younger adults; and normal weight adults higher than obese adults. It was most common to receive feedback about discretionary foods (73.8% of the sample), followed by dairy foods (55.5%) and healthy fats (47.0%). Results suggest that Australians’ diets are not consistent with the recommendations in the guidelines. The combination of using technology and providing the tool free of charge has attracted a lot of traffic to the website, providing valuable insights into what Australians’ report to be eating. The use of technology has also enhanced the user experience, with individuals receiving immediate and personalised feedback. This survey tool will be useful to monitor population diet quality and understand the degree to Australians’ diets comply with dietary guidelines. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary assessment; food survey; diet quality; dietary patterns; Australia; online dietary assessment; food survey; diet quality; dietary patterns; Australia; online

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Hendrie, G.A.; Baird, D.; Golley, R.K.; Noakes, M. The CSIRO Healthy Diet Score: An Online Survey to Estimate Compliance with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Nutrients 2017, 9, 47.

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