Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1834--1835

Remote food photography

Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Remote food photography.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1834-1835

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Dear Editor,

“Food photography method” becomes the new interesting tool in public health nutrition. It is considered as a possible useful tool for public health nutritional work. The recent report by Duhé et al. is very interesting.[1] Duhé et al. concluded that “remote food photography method accurately estimated infant powdered formula.”[1] Although, the technique is very useful, but there are some considerations. As noted by Nelson et al., “BMI and portion size are all potentially important confounders when estimating food consumption or nutrient intake using photographs.”[2] Many reports from Western countries support the usefulness of the tool.[1],[2],[3] The use of new technology, digital imaging can make the tool more accurate.[4] Nevertheless, there are few reports from poor developing countries. In rural areas of resource limited countries in Asia and Africa, food is usually insufficient and there are some strange foods (such as strange insect and plant) and there are also various style of food preparation, finding for specific photo for various food dishes is difficult. In the present report by Duhé et al.,[1] the error can still be seen and the possible reason might be due to the quality and reality of the photo. In addition, low educated people in the poor countries might have poor ability to estimate. Based on the experience from my area, the local people find it difficult to recognize the photo and cannot make an estimation. It requires the knowledge on local culture as well as good photography preparation by photography science specialist.

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