Reliability and relative validity of a food frequency questionnaire for Italian adults living in Sicily, Southern Italy

Stefano Marventano, Antonio Mistretta, Alessio Platania, Fabio Galvano, Giuseppe Grosso
2016 Figshare  
The aim of this study was to develop and test the reliability and relative validity of a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) specifically developed for individuals living in Sicily, southern Italy. This study was conducted on a convenient sample of 178 adult volunteers aged 18–80 years recruited in the urban population of Catania. Dietary intake estimated by 2 FFQs was compared with six 24-h recalls covering a period of 10 months. A total of 110 food items were included in the FFQ. Person's
more » ... FFQ. Person's coefficients between the first FFQ and mean of the six 24-h recalls showed high correlations for coffee, tea, pasta and dairy products, alcohol, total fats and carbohydrates (in women). The test–retest analysis showed high reproducibility of the FFQ. We showed that our FFQ provided a useful estimate of both food and nutrient intake in a healthy adult population.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.3458000 fatcat:45tmdjey7fdg3bdq6ti74ucrua