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 1000 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.