National Diet and Nutrition Survey
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey was originally set up in 1992 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and has been run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) since 2000. The annual programme surveys a national sample of adults aged 19 to 64 years and aims to provide a comprehensive, cross-sectional picture of dietary habits and nutritional status of the population of the UK.
- Methodology: Pre- 2008: cross sectional survey of adults aged 19-64 years (with ad hoc boosts for <19 years and >64 years). Post- April 2008: a rolling programme of data collected from a representative sample of 1000 adults and children. Dietary data is collected using an unweighed four day diary, blood and urine samples, information on dietary habit collected through face to face interviews. For physical activity seven day diaries detailing duration and intensity of physical activity are recorded
- Start date: 1992
- Frequency of survey: annually (from April 2008)
- Most recent return: headline report from 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014
- Commissioned by: Food Standards Agency/Department of Health
- Coverage: Representative of the UK
- Caveats: Is not robust at regional/local level although it may provide more robust local results once several years of data can be pooled.
- Link to data source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ndns-results-from-years-5-and-6-combined
- Link to associated papers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-diet-and-nutrition-survey-results-from-years-1-to-4-combined-of-the-rolling-programme-for-2008-and-2009-to-2011-and-2012 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-diet-and-nutrition-survey-results-from-years-1-to-4-combined-of-the-rolling-programme-for-2008-and-2009-to-2011-and-2012
- Llink to 2008/9-2011/12 headline results: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-diet-and-nutrition-survey-results-from-years-1-to-4-combined-of-the-rolling-programme-for-2008-and-2009-to-2011-and-2012