Evaluation of a Novel Single-administration Food Frequency Questionnaire for Assessing Seasonally Varied Dietary Patterns among Women in Rural Nepal

Rebecca K. Campbell, Sameera A. Talegawkar, Parul Christian, Steven C. Leclerq, Subarna K. Khatry, Lee S.F. Wu, Christine P. Stewart, Keith P. West

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Novel dietary assessment methods are needed to study chronic disease risk in agrarian cultures where food availability is highly seasonal. In 16,320 rural Nepalese women, we tested a novel food frequency questionnaire, administered once, to assess past 7-day intake and usual frequency of intake throughout the year for year-round foods and when in season for seasonal foods. Spearman rank correlations between usual and past 7-day intakes were 0.12–0.85 and weighted kappa statistics, representing chance-corrected agreement, were 0.10–0.80, with better agreement for frequently consumed foods. The questionnaire performed well, but may require refinement for settings of extremely low dietary diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-327
Number of pages14
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015



  • Nepal
  • diet assessment
  • food frequency questionnaire
  • seasonal foods
  • undernutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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