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Food On Filmfood on film©

Food on Film© is an innovative method for recording food intake and analyzing the data in a professional and scientific way. The simple recording procedure allows people who could not use traditional paper-and-pencil or interview methods to record their dietary intake information.

Food on Film© uses photographs to capture visual images of foods selected and eaten.

Food on Film© also trains nutrition and health professionals to accurately analyze these photographs.

Food on Film© is an evidence-based, practical application of photographic food records. Food on Film© was originally developed to allow dietary intake analysis of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other cognitive impairments. Traditional food intake measurements, such as recall or written food records did not adequately serve this population. The inability to monitor their food intake made it impossible for people with disabilities to receive dietary advice tailored to their individual needs and food patterns, or to participate in nutrition-related research studies.

Almost any individual, however, can use Food on Film© to record his or her food intake in a quick, simple, and fun way. We can train registered dietitians to accurately analyze the dietary records.


Food on Film© at Good Nutrition Ideas and The University of Montana is primarily a research and analysis project at this point. At the Rural Institute on Disabilities we are conducting rigorous scientific testing to ensure that Food on Film© is effective and reliable.  We will continue to improve our methods, techniques and training.

Now, nutrition or health professionals may use the Contact link to reach the research team leader:

Kathleen Humphries, Ph.D.
Food on Film© Project

Scientific Publications about Food on Film:

Please visit the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities website to find out more about related health and nutrition projects and materials developed by our health research unit:

Food on Film© was developed and researched under grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cooperative agreements CCU821-224 and CCU824-602) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (1-R15-DKO73138-01A1).

The researchers at The University of Montana Rural Institute are responsible for Food on Film© and this website, which do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor carry an endorsement from, the funding sources.

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