patterns appear to be important, as they may influence health. However, we know
little about how people consume meals during the day or how foods are consumed
together. This project uses a smartphone app to understand
young adults' meal patterns and their determinants.
About the study
asks young adults (aged 18–30 years) to complete an online survey and keep a
food diary over four days, using a smartphone app. The online survey will measure
a range of potential influences on young adults’ meal patterns including
intra-personal, social and environmental factors.
food diary app requires participants to answer a series of questions for all
food/drink consumed over the four days of the study. These questions focus on the
type of food/drink, the social situation during the eating/drinking occasion, the preparation involved and the location of the eating/drinking occasion.
is 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 with funding provided by an Australian Research Council (ARC)
This study will provide important insights into how young people eat and will help us develop messages, strategies and interventions to promote healthy eating in this age group.
Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton
The research team
The MEALS study
is led by Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton and Professor Tony Worsley, and conducted by a research
team at Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition.