The Food Attitudes and Behaviors (FAB) Survey was developed by staff at NCI with the goal of evaluating a variety of factors that may be related to fruit and vegetable intake among adults. The FAB Survey contains 65 questions in 8 sections. FAB measures attitudes and beliefs, general health, shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, eating behaviors, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and food preferences. Conventional constructs include self-efficacy, barriers, social support, and knowledge of recommendations related to fruit and vegetable intake. Novel constructs include shopping patterns, taste preferences, views on vegetarianism, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, and environmental influences. The FAB Survey was administered using a Consumer Opinion Panel in Fall 2007 and the final sample consisted of 3,397 adults, with an oversampling of African Americans. The final response rate was 57%.
To access the FAB survey, references and analytic guide, please select and download the following files:
FAB Survey Item Sources and References (PDF)
The FAB Survey contains new, existing, and modified items. The FAB Survey Item Sources and References document is an item-by-item account of all of items on the FAB Survey, where items were derived from, as well as any associated references for the source.
FAB Analytic Guide (PDF)
The FAB Analytic Guide provides background on the FAB Survey, as well as other pertinent information for a FAB data user, including the survey deign and sample selection, calculation and recommended use of survey weights application, and benefits and limitations in using the weights.
FAB Codebook (PDF)
The FAB Codebook document contains formatting information (e.g., variable labels), source information, inclusion criteria and a simple frequency table for every FAB Survey item, including both unweighted and weighted percentages.
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FAB Publications and Resources
Select FAB Survey Publications:
- Blanck, H.M., Thompson, O.M., Nebeling, L., & Yaroch, A.L. Improving fruit and vegetable consumption: use of farm-top-consumer venues among US adults. Preventing Chronic Disease 2011;8(2). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2011/mar/10_0039.htm. Accessed [05-10-11].
- Thompson, F.E., Willis, G., Thompson, O.M., & Yaroch, A.L. The meaning of "fruits" and "vegetables". Public Health Nutrition, 2011 Jan 28:1-7; Epub 2011
- Yaroch AL, et al. Evaluation of Three Short Dietary Instruments to Assess Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The National Cancer Institute's Food Attitudes and Behaviors Survey. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Oct;112(10):1570-7.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23017567
Literature Review Prepared for FAB:
- Shaikh, A.R., Yaroch, A.L., Nebeling, L., Yeh, M-C, & Resnicow, K. Psychosocial predictors of fruit and vegetable consumption in adults: A review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008:34(6):535-43.
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