1970 British Cohort Study Age 16 Sweep – Dietary diaries

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27 August 2020

To celebrate 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study over the next 12 months we’ll be highlighting interesting features of the survey design, delving deeper into the questionnaires and pulling out descriptive statistics from the data.

During the Age 16 Sweep, study members were given a 4-day dietary diary to complete. A total of 4,760 completed diaries were successfully coded and matched to 1250 food items.

Dietary questions are included in 6 sweeps of BCS70. This is a valuable resource for researchers, especially when combined with rich longitudinal data on other factors, such as region and socioeconomic background.

Teenage dietary habits may help us to understand adult eating patterns, and health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes.

Find out more about the BCS70 Age 16 Sweep.

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