Healthy Eating Index

The Healthy Eating Index is a measure of dietary quality with high scores indicating high adherence to evidence-based dietary guidelines.

The two DNBC Healthy Eating Indexes (HEI) are based on the responses to the Food Frequency questionnaires (FFQs) that were completed by the DNBC mothers during pregnancy and by the DNBC children during adolescence, respectively.

The HEI are measures of dietary quality during these two periods, with higher scores indicating higher adherence to evidence-based dietary guidelines.

The developmental work of the HEI was undertaken and financed by the Maternal Nutrition Group at Statens Serum Institut, as was the data collection of the underlying FFQ data.

HEI Data Documentation

To ensure proper understanding and use of the HEI please contact Anne Ahrendt Bjerregaard and Sjurdur F. Olsen.

Supplementary reading: Bjerregaard AA, Halldorsson TI, Tetens I, Olsen SF. Mother's dietary quality during pregnancy and offspring's dietary quality in adolescence: Follow-up from a national birth cohort study of 19,582 mother-offspring pairs. PLoS Med. 2019 Sep 12;16(9):e1002911.