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    Overview
    Acronym
    FCS
    Type of information
    Survey/interview data
    Description

    The first National Food Consumption Survey in Belgium was conducted in 2004 among 3,200 adults aged 15 and above. Nationally representative data on the Belgian population were collected in 2014-2015 for people between 3 and 64 years old. The next data collection wave is planned for 2022 and will collect food consumption data from 3,020 participants aged 3 and above.

    Participants provide detailed information about their diets spread over two non-consecutive days via a 24-hour dietary recall. In 2022, 1,400 additional participants will be surveyed in Brussels and in the German-speaking Community using the Food Frequency Questionnaire method. In addition, all participants provide information on topics such as 

    • their eating habits, 
    • their opinions on the food policy, 
    • their physical activity
    • their sedentary behaviour. 


    Weight, height, and waist circumference are also measured objectively. In children and adolescents, physical activity and sedentary behaviour were measured objectively using an accelerometer in 2014-2015. A detailed description of the methodology and the results are available on the website of the 2014-2015 Belgian Food Consumption Survey. Nutrition and eating habits as well as food policies change constantly, which is why food consumption surveys need to be organised regularly. 

    Funding

    In 2014, the survey was funded by WIV, SPF/FOD, EFSA.

    In 2022, the survey is funded by the Federal State, Flanders, Wallonia, German Community, COCOM, COCOF. 

    Free keywords
    Food
    Guidelines
    lifestyle
    Topics
    Determinants of health;
    Health status
    Country(ies)
    Belgium
    GEO coverage
    Nuts 1
    Target Population
    General population
    Sex
    Both
    Data Collection Period
    Language(s)
    Dutch,
    English,
    French
    Personal Identifier
    Participant number
    Level of aggregation
    Individual
    Terms of data access - URL
    https://fcs.wiv-isp.be/fr/SitePages/Base_de_donnees.aspx
    Terms of data access

    Either anonymous or pseudonymised data can be shared.

    Linkage possible
    No
    Data Owner(s)
    Sciensano
    Contact name
    Sciensano FCS team
    Contact e-mail
    Nicolas.Berger@sciensano.be
    Contact info (address)

    Sciensano
    Rue Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium