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National Diet and Nutrition Survey

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The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme is a continuous cross-sectional survey of the food consumption, nutrient intakes and nutritional status of people aged 18 months and older living in private households in the UK. It covers all four countries of the UK and is designed to be representative of the UK population.

The NDNS is funded by the Agency and the Department of Health in England, and is carried out by a consortium of three organisations: the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), MRC Human Nutrition Research (HNR) and the University College London Medical School.

The report of the first year of the NDNS rolling programme (February 2008 to March 2009) can be downloaded below. This report focuses on food consumption and nutrient intakes for adults aged 19 to 64 years and for children aged 1.5 to 3 years, 4 to 10 years and 11 to 18 years. Intakes are compared with government recommendations and comparisons with findings from previous surveys are also made.

Making comparisons with previous NDNS

The previous NDNS of adults aged 19 to 64 years and young people aged 4 to 18 years used slightly different data collection methods from the new rolling programme. The results of these two surveys have been re-analysed so that they are directly comparable with results from the new survey. If you wish to compare results from the NDNS rolling programme with previous NDNS we recommend that you read Appendix K of the year 1 report and use the re-modelled data from the previous NDNS presented in chapter 5 and Appendix K.

Previous survey reports

In its previous format the NDNS programme comprised a series of cross-sectional surveys, each covering a different age group. The programme was set up in 1992 and surveys of pre-school children, young people, and older people were carried out in the 1990s, with the most recent NDNS of adults aged 19 to 64 years carried out in 2000/01. The report of this survey is available at the link below. The reports of other surveys are available to purchase from the Stationery Office bookshops, by ordering via the link below or by calling 08706 005 522.

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National Diet Nutrition Survey: headline results from year 1 (2008/2009)

The report of the first year of the NDNS rolling programme (February 2008 to March 2009) can be viewed at the links below. This report focuses on food consumption and nutrient intakes for adults aged 19 to 64 years and for children aged 18 months to 3 years, 4 to 10 years and 11 to 18 years.

NDNS Previous Survey Reports

In its previous format the NDNS programme comprised a series of cross-sectional surveys, each covering a different age group.

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