Project: Diet Patterns, Nutrients and Development of Adolescent Obesity
Award Year: 2000
Amount of award, fiscal 2000: $150,000.00
Institution: Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Graham Colditz
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project analyzes 1996-2000 data from a longitudinal survey containing annual assessments of diet, activity, weight control practices, and height and weight of adolescents. The project will describe dietary patterns, diet quality, and obesity development.

The project will analyze data from a longitudinal survey of nearly 17,000 adolescents, now 14-18 years old, who have been tracked since 1996 with annual assessment of diet, activity, weight control practices, and height and weight. The data from 1996-2000 will be used to describe changes in dietary patterns and diet quality during adolescence and the association of those changes with overall diet quality and the development of obesity. Specific aspects of diet quality that will be examined include: (1) intake of calories from fat, soft drinks, and other sources of added sugar; (2) breakfast consumption; and (3) a glycemic index based on intake of saturated fat and low-fat foods, added sugar, and fiber. Results will be useful for the design of obesity prevention programs for children and adolescents

Topic: Child Nutrition, Dietary Intake and Quality, Obesity
Berkey, C., H. Rockett, A. Field, M. Gillman, and G. Colditz. "Sugar-Added Beverages and Adolescent Weight Change," Obesity Research, Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2004.
Feskanich, D., H. Rockett, and G. Colditz. "Modifying the Healthy Eating Index to Assess Diet Quality in Children and Adolescents," Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 104, No. 9, September 2004.