DiSA (Dieta, Salud y Antropometría en población universitaria)


The study Diet, Health and Anthropometry in University Population was designed in order to develop a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to use in a young population. However, the study was extended because of the interest in the diet, health and anthropometry of this population. We gathered information from 1204 university students of health sciences at the San Juan Campus of Miguel Hernández University between 2006 and 2012. In 2011, we planned to contact the participants of the study and to perform a follow-up every 3 years.

The general objective of this study is to establish the nutritional and health status of the university population and to explore which factors influence the development of lifestyle-related diseases.

We collected information about the following variables:

  • Dietary Survey Module:
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire of 84 items.
  • 24 hours Records. (Only for participants in the validation study)
  • Food Frequency Mini-Questionnaire of 25 items
  • Blood samples to determine antioxidants and other nutrients (Only for participants in the validation study)
  • Health and Lifestyles Module:
    • Self-report health status and personal pathological background (chronic diseases).
    • Physical activity
    • Consumption of tobacco and alcohol
    • Use of nutritional labelling
  • Socio-demographic Module
  • Self-reported Anthropometry Module :
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Arterial systolic pressure
    • Arterial diastolic pressure
  • Measured Anthropometry Module :
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Arterial systolic and diastolic pressure
    • Abdomen/hip circumference
    • Body fat

Main research team:
Jesús Vioque; Manoli Garcia de la Hera; Eva M. Navarrete-Muñoz; Daniel Gimenez-Monzo; Sandra Gonzalez-Palacios; Desirée Valera-Gran; Laura Torres-Collado.

Field work team and other collaborators:
José Francisco Checa-Sevilla, Fernando Cano, María Martinez-Moya, Fatoumata Rosita Savane, Ricardo Barrios, Laura Compañ and Amaia Beti

Publications derived from the study click here

Conference communications derived from the study click here

Dissertation derived from the study click here

Press releases click here



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