A Quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire for Women in Southeast China: Development and Reproducibility

Min Zhang, C.W. Binns, A.H. Lee

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Abstract

This study describes thedevelopment and reproducibility ofa 128-item quantitative foodfrequency questionnaire (FFQ) tomeasure usual food consumption forwomen in southeast China. TheFFQ was pre-tested using 51Chinese women who recentlymigrated to Australia. Cronbach’salpha coefficient was 0.81 forinternal consistency. The reliabilityof the FFQ was then assessed byanother test-retest study. A sampleof 41 women residing in southeastChina was interviewed twice within12 weeks. Intraclass correlationcoefficients were moderate to highfor mean food group consumption(0.43-0.96) and mean daily nutrientintakes (0.47-0.89). Kappa statisticsfor eating habits ranged from 0.27to 0.89 in the test-retest. The meanratio of energy intake to basalmetabolic rate was 1.73 (S.D. 0.39)in both test and retest samples. Thestudy confirmed that the FFQmethod using standard containersis appropriate to assess dietaryintake for women in southeastChina. Asia Pac J Public Health2005: 17(1): 29-35.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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