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Table 3 Dietary, sedentary and sleeping behaviour measured in the EPHE parental questionnaire

From: Promoting health equity in European children: Design and methodology of the prospective EPHE (Epode for the Promotion of Health Equity) evaluation study

Energy balance-related behaviour Questionnaire item Response categories
Dietary Behaviour   
Fruit consumptiona 1. How often does your child usually eat fresh fruit? 8-point scale; (1) Never (2) Less than 1 day/week (3) 1 day/week (4) 2–4 days a week (5) 5–6 days a week (6) Every day, once/day (7) Every day, twice a day (8) Every day, more than twice/day
Vegetable consumptiona 1. How often does your child usually eat salad or grated vegetables?  
  2. How often does your child usually eat other raw vegetables?  
  3. How often does your child usually eat cooked vegetables (incl. vegetable soup)?  
Water consumption 1. How many times a day does your child usually drink water? 6-point scale; (1) Never (2) Less than once a day (3) Once a day (4) 2–4 times a day (5) 5–6 times a day (6) More than 6 times a day
  2. When your child drinks water, how many glass(es) does (s)he drink?  
Fruit juices consumptionb 1. How many times a week does your child usually drink fruit juices? 7-point scale; (1) Never (2) Less than once a week (3) Once a week (4) 2–4 days a week (5) 5–6 days a week (6) Every day, once a day (7) Every day, more than once a day
  2. On a day that your child drinks fruit juices, how many glass(es), carton(s), bottle(s) or can(s) does (s)he drink?  
Soft drinks consumptionb 1. How many times a week does your child usually drink soft drinks?  
  2. On a day that your child drinks soft drinks, how many glass(es), can(s) or bottle(s) does (s)he drink?  
Diet soft drinks 1. How many times a week does your child usually drink diet soft drinks?  
  2. On a day that your child drinks diet soft drinks, how many glasses, cans or bottles does (s)he drink?  
Sedentary behaviour   9-point scale; (1) None at all (2) 30 minutes/day (3) 1.0 hour/day (4) 1.5 hours/day (5) 2.0 hours/day (6) 2,5 hours/day (7) 3.0 hours/day (8) 3.5 hours/day (9) 4.0 or more hours/day
Television viewingb 1. About how many hours a day does your child usually watch television in his/her free time?  
Computer timeb 1. About how many hours a day does your child usually plays computer games or uses the computer for leisure activities?  
Sleeping behaviour   
  1. Does your child have a set daily routine for bedtime?b (1) yes (2) no
  2. How many hours a night does your child sleep?b (1) 6–7 hours (2) 8–9 hours (3) 10–11 hours (4) 12 or more hours
  3. What time does your child usually goes to bed? (1) At 18.00 o’clock (2) At 19.00 o’clock (3) At 20.00 o’clock (4) At 21.00 o’clock (5) At 22.00 o’clock (6) At 23.00 o’clock (7) After 23.00 o’clock
  4. What time does your child usually wake up? (1) At 05.00 o’clock or earlier (2) At 06.00 o’clock at 07.00 o’clock (3) At 08.00 o’clock (4) At 09.00 o’clock (5) After 09.00 o’clock
  1. aItems based on the Pro children child questionnaire [23].
  2. bItems derived from the ENERGY parental questionnaire [22].