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The reproducibility of subjective appetite scores.
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PMID:  7794869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although subjective appetite scores are widely used, studies on the reproducibility of this method are scarce. In the present study nine healthy, normal weight, young men recorded their subjective appetite sensations before and during 5 h after two different test meals A and B. The subjects tested each meal twice and in randomized order. Visual analogue scale (VAS) scores, 10 cm in length, were used to assess hunger, satiety, fullness, prospective food consumption and palatability of the meals. Plasma glucose and lactate concentrations were determined concomitantly. The repeatability was investigated for fasting values, delta-mean 5 h and mean 5 h values, delta-peak/nadir and peak/nadir values. Although the profiles of the postprandial responses were similar, the coefficients of repeatability (CR = 2SD) on the mean differences were large, ranging from 2.86 to 5.24 cm for fasting scores, 1.36 to 1.88 cm for mean scores, 2.98 to 5.42 cm for delta-mean scores, and 3.16 to 6.44 cm for peak and delta-peak scores. For palatability ratings the CR values varied more, ranging from 2.38 (taste) to 8.70 cm (aftertaste). Part of the difference in satiety ratings could be explained by the differences in palatability ratings. However, the low reproducibility may also be caused by a conditioned satiation or hunger due to the subjects' prior experience of the meals and therefore not just be a reflection of random noise. It is likely, however, that the variation in appetite ratings is due both to methodological day-to-day variation and to biological day-to-day variation in subjective appetite sensations.
A Raben; A Tagliabue; A Astrup
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of nutrition     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0007-1145     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1995 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-01     Completed Date:  1995-08-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372547     Medline TA:  Br J Nutr     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  517-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Appetite / physiology*
Blood Glucose / metabolism
Hunger / physiology
Lactates / blood
Lactic Acid
Reproducibility of Results
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose; 0/Lactates; 50-21-5/Lactic Acid
Erratum In:
Br J Nutr 1995 Aug;74(2):283

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