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Validity and reliability of a food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary intake among Lebanese children

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Title
Validity and reliability of a food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary intake among Lebanese children
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Nutrition Journal, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12937-015-0121-1
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Patricia Moghames, Nour Hammami, Nahla Hwalla, Nadine Yazbeck, Hikma Shoaib, Lara Nasreddine, Farah Naja

Abstract

Nutritional status during childhood is critical given its effect on growth and development as well as its association with disease risk later in life. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is experiencing alarming rates of childhood malnutrition, both over- and under-nutrition. Hence, there is a need for valid tools to assess dietary intake for children in this region. To date, there are no validated dietary assessment tools for children in any country of the MENA region. The main objective of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of a Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) for the assessment of dietary intake among Lebanese children. Children, aged 5 to 10 years (n = 111), were recruited from public and private schools of Beirut, Lebanon. Mothers (proxies to report their children's dietary intake) completed two FFQs, four weeks apart. Four 24-hour recalls (24-HRs) were collected weekly during the duration of the study. Spearman correlations and Bland-Altman plots were used to assess validity. Linear regression models were used to derive calibration factors for boys and girls. Reproducibility statistics included Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) and percent agreement. Correlation coefficients between dietary intake estimates derived from FFQ and 24-HRs were significant at p < 0.001 with the highest correlation observed for energy (0.54) and the lowest for monounsaturated fatty acids (0.26). The majority of data points in the Bland-Altman plots lied between the limits of agreement, closer to the middle horizontal line. After applying the calibration factors for boys and girls, the mean energy and nutrient intakes estimated by the FFQ were similar to those obtained by the mean 24-HRs. As for reproducibility, ICC ranged between 0.31 for trans-fatty acids and 0.73 for calcium intakes. Over 80 % of study participants were classified in the same or adjacent quartile of energy and nutrients intake. Findings of this study showed that the developed FFQ is reliable and is also valid, when used with calibration factors. This FFQ is a useful tool in dietary assessment and evaluation of diet-disease relationship in this age group.

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Germany 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 167 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 26 15%
Student > Bachelor 26 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 13%
Researcher 21 12%
Other 9 5%
Other 28 17%
Unknown 37 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 36 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 31 18%
Social Sciences 11 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 6%
Other 26 15%
Unknown 45 27%

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