New on Early View today.



We have several papers pre-published in Early View today, which can be accessed direct at the links below. Remember, if you like them, cite them!


A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions for weight management using text messaging

G. Siopis, T. Chey and M. Allman-Farinelli


Nutrition in early life and the programming of adult disease: a review

S. C. Langley-Evans


Original articles

Nutritional quality of the school-day diet in Irish children (5–12 years)

J. Walton, E. M. Hannon and A. Flynn


Positive effect of protein-supplemented hospital food on protein intake in patients at nutritional risk: a randomised controlled trial

T. Munk, A. M. Beck, M. Holst, E. Rosenbom, H. H. Rasmussen, M. A. Nielsen and T. Thomsen


Qualitative analysis of the contributions of nutritionists to the development of an online instrument for monitoring the food intake of schoolchildren

V. F. Davies, E. Kupek, M. A. de Assis, R. Engel, F. F. da Costa, P. F. Di Pietro, S. Natal, D. Thompson and T. Baranowski


Poor quality diet is associated with overweight status and obesity in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome

A. M. dos S. Rodrigues, L. B. Martins, A. M. T. Franklin, A. L. Candido, L. C. dos Santos and A. V. M. Ferreira



The Rose Simmonds Award- £2000 for a publication by a BDA member

The Rose Simmonds Award

The Award for the year 2014 will be given for:


Those entering the Award should be aware of the following criteria:

The dietitian must be an acknowledged author and the published work must be addressed to
professional colleagues.  It is anticipated that this scientific work would encompass findings,
results, outcomes and undertakings.  Other examples include meta-analysis or robust
evaluation of clinical effectiveness.

The applicant may be

  1. sole author, or
  2. principal author of a multi-author publication, or
  3. two or more BDA members in equal joint partnership.    

The entry must be an original research paper published in print in a peer reviewed journal
during the calendar year 2013.

The dietitian can submit items previously submitted for other external awards.

Members may submit more than one entry provided they meet the above criteria.
The Award is open to all full BDA members and the winner will receive £2,000.

The dietitian must be an acknowledged author and have made a significant contribution to the research. The winner will be expected to present their work at a BDA national event.  If the winning entry has multiple authors, the BDA GET Fund will only be able to support attendance for one person.

How to apply

If you are submitting a journal article, book or educational material, please send four copies of the entry to the Awards Co-Ordinator at the BDA office. You should also submit a covering letter with your name and contact details along with any supporting information for the judges, addressing the criteria for the relevant award you are applying for and how you think your entry meets the criteria.

The BDA will also accept email applications if entries can be submitted in this way. A covering letter, as described above, is also required. Email entries should be sent to

All entries should be submitted by Friday 14th February 2014.

More information about the Rose Simmonds award can be found in the members area on the BDA Website.  

New letters and commentary section for JHND Notes!


I have been doing some reorganisation of material on the blog, that most people won’t notice, but one new feature is the Letters to @JHND Editor page. We very much welcome comments on JHND papers, the journal in general and anything else that might appeal to the broader community of JHND readers. Please feel happy to contribute via my email: You can also follow the journal on Twitter (@JHNDEditor)

Evaluating children’s diets online.

WebDASC: a web-based dietary assessment software for 8–11-year-old Danish children. 

Biltoft-Jensen, A., Trolle, E., Christensen, T., Islam, N., Andersen, L. F., Egenfeldt-Nielsen, S. and Tetens, I. (2014), WebDASC: a web-based dietary assessment software for 8–11-year-old Danish children. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 27: 43–53.

Background:  The present study describes the development and formative evaluation of the Web-based Dietary Assessment Software for Children (WebDASC). WebDASC is part of the OPUS project (‘Optimal well-being, development and health for Danish children through a healthy New Nordic Diet’) and was intended to measure dietary change resulting from a school-based intervention.

Methods:  WebDASC was developed as a self-administered tool that could be used by 8–11-year-old children with or without parent’s aid. The development of WebDASC followed a prototyping approach: focus groups, informal interviews, literature review, and usability tests preceded its release. Special consideration was given to age-appropriate design issues.

Results:  In WebDASC an animated armadillo guides respondents through six daily eating occasions and helps them report foods and beverages previously consumed. A database of 1300 food items is available either through category browse or free text search, aided by a spell check application. A type-in format is available for foods not otherwise found through category browse or text search. Amount consumed is estimated by selecting the closest portion size among four different digital images. WebDASC includes internal checks for frequently forgotten foods, and the following features to create motivation: a food-meter displaying cumulative weight of foods reported, a most popular food ranking, and a computer game with a high score list.

Conclusions:  WebDASC was developed as an intuitive, cost-effective, and engaging method to collect detailed dietary data from 8- to 11-year-old children. Preliminary testing demonstrated that it was well accepted among children.

In our February issue


A review of the mechanisms and effectiveness of dietary polyphenols in reducing oxidative stress and thrombotic risk. Santhakumar, Bulmer and Singh.

Dietary sources of polyphenols, which are derivatives and/or isomers of flavones, isoflavones, flavonols, catechins and phenolic acids, possess antioxidant properties and therefore might be important in preventing oxidative-stress-induced platelet activation and attenuating adverse haemostatic function. Free radicals, including reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, promote oxidative stress, leading to platelet hyperactivation and the risk of thrombosis. The consumption of antioxidant/polyphenol rich foods might therefore impart anti-thrombotic and cardiovascular protective effects via their inhibition of platelet hyperactivation or aggregation. Most commonly-used anti-platelet drugs such as aspirin block the cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 pathway of platelet activation, similar to the action of antioxidants with respect to neutralising hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), with a similar effect on thromboxane production via the COX-1 pathway. Polyphenols also target various additional platelet activation pathways (e.g. by blocking platelet-ADP, collagen receptors); thus alleviating fibrinogen binding to platelet surface (GPIIb-IIIa) receptors, reducing further platelet recruitment for aggregation and inhibiting platelet degranulation. As a result of the ability of polyphenols to target additional pathways of platelet activation, they may have the potential to substitute or complement currently used anti-platelet drugs in sedentary, obese, pre-diabetic or diabetic populations who can be resistant or sensitive to pharmacological anti-platelet therapy.