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Tool Information: KiGGS FFQ "What do you eat"

Food Groups Usual; Retrospective 4 Weeks Food Frequency Questionnaire No


This self-administered, semi-quantitative FFQ was developed at the Robert Koch Institute to assess the usual intake of several food groups in the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS 2003-2006). It included questions on the frequency and the amount of 45 food items as well as additional questions. The FFQ was validated against a modified diet history interview (DISHES) in 2011.

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Special Considerations

The main purpose of the FFQ was to rank participants (children and adolescents) according to their food intake, therefore absolute dietary intake is not estimated by the questionnaire.

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The software DISHES has been used in different versions for several surveys in Germany (GeNuS 98, NVS II, EsKiMo I and II).

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Instructions on use

Short instructions for participants are provided in the study.

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Data Analysis

Instructions on how the dietary data was analysed can be found in the publications under additional material

Author Year Comparator Lifestage Sex Number of Nutrients Validated Mean Difference Variance Measured info Correlation Coefficients Percentage Agreement Limits of Agreement Special Considerations Action
Truthmann 2011 Diet Histories Adolescents Both 0 Participants were a part of the EsKiMo Study
  • T145 - KiGGS FFQ__adolescents FileType: pdf, Download Number of downloads: 0
  • T145 - KiGGS FFQ__asking the parents FileType: pdf, Download Number of downloads: 0
  • T145 - Truthmann et al. (2011) additional file 1_recording portion sizes FileType: pdf, Download Number of downloads: 0
  • T145 - Truthmann et al. (2011) additional file 2_correlation coefficient FileType: pdf, Download Number of downloads: 0

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