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Assessing change in dietary-fat behaviors in a weight-loss program for African Americans: a potential short method.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17467382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Change in dietary-fat behaviors was assessed in 95 African-American women in a culturally adapted weight-management program using the SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire. The hypothesis was that there would be no practical difference in ability to track dietary-fat behaviors related to weight change when using only 30 items from the SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire (about fat consumption frequency) compared to using all 91 items from the SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire (30 items plus additional details about behaviors). SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire responses use a scale of 1 to 4; higher numbers imply higher fat consumption. After an average of 18 months (n=49), a pre- to postintervention decrease in SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire score was observed using 91 items (-0.35) or 30 items (-0.28) (both P<0.001). Correlations between SisterTalk Food Habits Questionnaire change and change in body mass index were similar using 91 or 30 items (0.36 and 0.35, respectively, both P<0.05). Thirty questions measuring consumption frequency may provide adequate information about dietary-fat behavior changes associated with weight loss.
Cheryl A M Anderson; Shiriki K Kumanyika; Justine Shults; Michael J Kallan; Kim M Gans; Patricia M Risica
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  107     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-30     Completed Date:  2007-06-14     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  838-42     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. <>
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Body Mass Index
Dietary Fats / administration & dosage*
Food Habits / ethnology
Health Education
Middle Aged
Nutrition Assessment*
Nutritional Sciences / education
Obesity / diet therapy*
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity
Weight Loss
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats

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