Food Habits Questionnaire (FHQ)

The Food Habits Questionnaire (FHQ) is a 20 item self-report questionnaire that measures food intake habits. Questions are about typical eating patterns over the past month, and are rated on a 4-point Likert scale from 1 “Never or Rarely” to 4 “Usually or Always”, or “Not applicable”. Fat intake is assessed by focusing on four food selection behaviors: excluding high-fat ingredients and high-fat cooking methods, choosing specially manufactured low-fat food products instead of high-fat ones, replacing high-fat foods with low-fat substitutes, and modifying high-fat foods.

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Food Habits Questionnaire

Reliability and Validity

Internal consistency reliability for the total scale score of the FHQ was α = .73 (Birkett & Boulet, 1995). Test-retest reliability for the total scale across a nine month time span was also good (r = .74) (Spoon et al., 2002). The FHQ also demonstrated adequate concurrent validity as it was significantly correlated with measures of fat and energy intake derived from food records.

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Dr. Alan R. Kristal

Kristal A.R., Shattuck A.L., Henry H.J., (1990). Patterns of dietary behavior associated with selecting diets low in fat: reliability and validity of a behavioral approach to dietary assessment, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 90(2), 214-20.

Birkett, N.J., Boulet, J. (1995). Validation of a Food Habits Questionnaire: Poor Performance in Male Manual Laborers. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 95 (5): 558-563.

Spoon, M. P., Devereux, P. G., Benedict, J. A., Leontos, C., Constantino, N., Christy, D., Snow, G., (2002). Usefulness of the Food Habits Questionnaire in a Worksite Setting. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 34(5), 268-272.