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National Diet and Nutrition Survey

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey assesses the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population of the UK.

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme is a continuous, cross-sectional survey. It’s designed to collect detailed, quantitative information on the food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK. The survey covers a representative sample of around 1,000 people per year.

Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) jointly fund the UK NDNS. Under the current contract, government bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland are funding additional recruitment in their countries to allow them to report their own results.

The current contract is delivered by a consortium led by NatCen Social Research, working with the Medical Research Council Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly known as MRC Human Nutrition Research).

NDNS provides essential evidence on the diet and nutrition of the UK population to enable PHE to identify and address nutritional issues in the population and monitor progress towards public health nutrition objectives.

Current NDNS results

Results published by PHE from the NDNS rolling programme, for the most recent years (years 5 and 6 combined) and previous years (years 1 to 4 combined) are available below.

  1. NDNS: results from Years 5 and 6 (combined)

    • Official Statistics
  2. NDNS: assessment of dietary sodium in adults in England, 2014

    • Official Statistics
  3. NDNS: blood folate supplementary report

    • Official Statistics
  4. NDNS: results from Years 1 to 4 (combined)

    • Official Statistics

Archive NDNS reports

Earlier and archived NDNS reports are also still available.

See below for the previous, years 1, 2 and 3 rolling programme reports published by the Department of Health.

See The National Archives for the year 1 rolling programme report and pre-rolling programme reports published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Published 9 September 2016