Quantification of food intake using food image analysis

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Martin C. K., Kaya S., GÜNTÜRK B. K.

31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009, Minneapolis, MN, United States Of America, 2 - 06 September 2009, pp.6869-6872 identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/iembs.2009.5333123
  • City: Minneapolis, MN
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.6869-6872
  • Keywords: Food intake, Energy intake, Computer imaging, Digital photography, Remote Food Photography Method (RFPM)
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Measuring free-living peoples' food intake represents methodological and technical challenges. The Remote Food Photography Method (RFPM) involves participants capturing pictures of their food selection and plate waste and sending these pictures to the research center via a wireless network, where they are analyzed by Registered Dietitians to estimate food intake. Initial tests indicate that the RFPM is reliable and valid, though the efficiency of the method is limited due to the reliance on human raters to estimate food intake. Herein, we describe the development of a semi-automated computer imaging application to estimate food intake based on pictures captured by participants. ©2009 IEEE.