This study assessed, in a non-clinical community sample, the relationship between persons' weights and the quantity and quality of foods stored in their homes. Observers visited 65 randomly selected middle class suburban homes and recorded all food out in the house or visible in food storage areas. They also measured and weighed each family member. Foods were classified by type and by caloric content per serving. A generalizability analysis indicated that the data collection system yielded relatively precise estimates of each variable. Nevertheless, there was little relationship between body weight and the quantity and quality of food stored in these families' homes. Possible differences might emerge if more deviant samples were surveyed.
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Acknowlrdyrmenrs--This research was supported in part by The Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program, a grant from the Spencer Foundation and by the Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development at Stanford. The opinions expressed or the policies advocated are not necessarily those of the funding agencies. We thank Paul Williams for his assistance with the statistical analysis. and Elizabeth Gongy Guy and Lee Ann Slinkard for assisting with data collection and analysis. Carl Thoresen, Phyllis Ullman, James Ferguson, and Curtis Wilbur offered valuable feedback on earlier versions of the manuscript.
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