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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 is 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 1000 people per year. Fieldwork began in 2008 and is now in its eleventh year.

Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) jointly fund the UK NDNS. Under the contract for years 6 to 10, government bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland have funded additional recruitment in their countries to allow them to report their own results.

The contract for years 6 to 10 was delivered by NatCen Social Research, working with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly known as MRC Human Nutrition Research).

A contract to deliver years 11 to 14 of the rolling programme (2018 to 2019 up to 2021 to 2022) has been awarded to NatCen Social Research working with the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.

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 (time trend and income analyses for Years 1 to 9), years 7 and 8 combined, years 5 and 6 combined and years 1 to 4 combined are available below.

Archive of 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 UK Government Archives for the year 1 rolling programme report and pre-rolling programme reports published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Published 9 September 2016
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added National Diet and Nutrition Survey: assessment of salt intake from urinary sodium in adults in England, 2018 to 2019.

  2. Added 'NDNS: time trend and income analyses for Years 1 to 9'.

  3. Added 'NDNS: results from years 7 and 8 (combined)'.

  4. First published.