Macronutrient Self-Selection Paradigm (MSSP)
Food Preference Questionnaire (FPQ)

Paula Geiselman, PhD

The Body Image Assessment (BIA) tools available from PBRC are useful instruments for measuring body image. Several versions of the BIA are available for different populations.

Macronutrient Self-Selection Paradigm (MSSP)

This is a laboratory test in which subjects are presented with foods varying in macronutrient content. The MSSP objectively assesses specific macronutrient selection and caloric intake.

Food Preference Questionnaire (FPQ)

This is a questionnaire on which subjects hedonically rate a list of foods that vary in macronutrient content. The FPQ computes mean hedonic ratings for foods with specific macronutrient (e.g., high fat/high sugar foods) content and calculates a fat preference score.
The MSSP is a novel instrument designed to vary fat content significantly and systematically with sugar, complex carbohydrate, and protein content in a battery of foods that are commonly consumed by various populations. The FPQ was developed according to an identical design but uses a list of foods mutually exclusive of those presented for selection and intake in the MSSP. Thus, the MSSP and the FPQ can be used either separately or together. The MSSP and the FPQ each have strong test-retest reliability and have been validated against long-term macronutrient intake. Hedonic responses on the FPQ have also been validated with respect to food selection and intake in the MSSP. These instruments were developed to include food stimuli that are appropriate for lean, obese, and post-obese males and females. Instructions for use

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Faculty web page - Dr. Geiselman