National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

2002+ Measuring Guides

Model Name: Mounds (M3-M9)


Product Information
Model Manufacturer
Mounds Custom made


Model Filling Size(cup) Shell Diameter (inch)
M3 1 tbsp 2.5
M4 1/4 3.5
M5 1/2 4.5
M6 3/4 5
M7 1 5.5
M8 1 1/2 6.5
M9 2 7

The mounds replace the bean bags (BG1-BG4) used in NHANES 1999-2000. They are made of white muslin bags filled with dried white beans (with the exception of M3 which is filled with white rice). The shells are cut as circles with sizes specified as above and stitched securely with a 1/4 inch seam around.

The bean bags are used to help estimate amorphous foods such as chopped fruit and vegetables, popcorn, mixed dishes, and grain products.

The original bean bags were designed by Dr. Edgar Chambers at Kansas State University and Dr. Sandria Godwin at Tennessee State University.

Page last reviewed: November 6, 2015