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Titolo: Reproducibility of food consumption frequencies derived from the Children's Eating Habits Questionnaire used in the IDEFICS study.

Anno di pubblicazione: 2011

Autori: A Lanfer, A Hebestreit, W Ahrens, V Krogh, S Sieri, L Lissner, G Eiben, Al Siani, I Huybrechts, HM Loit, S Papoutsou, E Kovcs, V Pala on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium

Affiliazioni autori: 1Department of Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research, Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany; 2Department of Preventive and Predictive Medicine, Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy; 3Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; 4Unit of Epidemiology and Population Genetics, Institute of Food Sciences, National Research Council, Avellino, Italy; 5Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium; 6Department of Chronic Diseases, National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia; 7Research and Education Institute of Child Health, Strovolos, Cyprus and 8Department of Paediatrics, University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Objective: To investigate the reproducibility of food consumption frequencies derived from the food frequency section of the Children's Eating Habits Questionnaire (CEHQ-FFQ) that was developed and used in the IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of dietary- and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants) project to assess food habits in 2- to 9-year-old European children. Design and methods: From a subsample of 258 children who participated in the IDEFICS baseline examination, parental questionnaires of the CEHQ were collected twice to assess reproducibility of questionnaire results from 0 to 354 days after the first examination. Weighted Cohen's kappa coefficients (k) and Spearman's correlation coefficients (r) were calculated to assess agreement between the first and second questionnaires for each food item of the CEHQ-FFQ. Stratification was performed for sex, age group, geographical region and length of period between the first and second administrations. Fisher's Z transformation was applied to test correlation coefficients for significant differences between strata. Results: For all food items analysed, weighted Cohen's kappa coefficients (k) and Spearman's correlation coefficients (r) were significant and positive (Po0.001). Reproducibility was lowest for diet soft drinks (k0.23, r0.32) and highest for sweetened milk (k0.68, r0.76). Correlation coefficients were comparable to those of previous studies on FFQ reproducibility in children and adults. Stratification did not reveal systematic differences in reproducibility by sex and age group. Spearman's correlation coefficients differed significantly between northern and southern European countries for 10 food items. In nine of them, the lower respective coefficient was still high enough to conclude acceptable reproducibility. As expected, longer time (4128 days) between the first and second administrations resulted in a generally lower, yet still acceptable, reproducibility. Conclusion: Results indicate that the CEHQ-FFQ gives reproducible estimates of the consumption frequency of 43 food items from 14 food groups in European children.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 61

Pagine a: 68


International journal of obesity Macmillan, Nature Publishing
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0307-0565

Numero volume: 35 Suppl 1

DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2011.36

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000289515100008]

Parole chiave:

  • reproducibility
  • reliability
  • food frequency questionnaire
  • children
  • Europe
  • proxy

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