Measuring Eating in Everyday Life Study (MEALS)

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About the study

Our aim is to recruit young adults in 2013 and 2014 into this exciting study which will provide new information in the area of meal patterns.

Meals and meal patterns appear to be important as they may influence overall health status and disease risk, however we know little about how people consume meals during the day or how foods are consumed together.

This project will use a Smartphone app to assess meal patterns and will help understand young adults’ meal patterns.

All participants will be compensated with a $25 shopping voucher upon completion of the study.


Participation in this project will involve:

  1. Keeping a diary of all the food and drinks you consume over four days using a smartphone app that we will provide to you. You will also be asked to answer a series of questions for each eating/drinking occasion. We will ask you to keep the diary over four days, including one weekend day.
  2. Completing a short, four page survey (approximately 5-10 minutes) about the smartphone app where we will ask if you had any problems using the app and any recommendations for changes to the app to make it easier for people to use.

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The Research team

This study is being conducted by a research team at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood. The study is being led by Dr Sarah Mc Naughton, Dr Nicky Ridgers and Prof Tony Worsley.

Ethical Guidelines

This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies. The ethics aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University.

Funding for the MEALS study

This study is funded by an internal grant from Deakin University.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact the principal researcher Dr Sarah Mc Naughton or Jemma Merritt (Project Manager) on 03 9246 8283 or by email at

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