DNSIYC Diet and Nutrition Survey Infants and Children United Kingdom
The NDNS is a dataset providing detailed information on food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of infants and young children aged 4 up to 18 months.
What is The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011?
The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 was a large-scale one-off survey study commissioned by the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom to gather detailed information on food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of infants and young children aged 4 up to 18 months. The study was conducted by a joint consortium of several organisations: Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research (MRC HNR), NatCen Social Research (NatCen), the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Human Nutrition Research Centre at Newcastle University. DNSIYC serves as the standard and authentic source of high-quality nationally representative data on the different types and amounts of food products consumed by infants of the age group 4 months to 18 months. The information collected from this survey is used with the data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), which collects both adults and children of all ages from 18 months. This is deemed to provide a comprehensive picture of the diet, health and food safety of the nation, to support public health policy and food safety assessments.
The DNSIYC 2011 was carried out in all four countries of the UK. In total, the survey was completed in two phases. The first stage was conducted in the participant’s home, where a detailed face-to-face interview was taken to collect background information on family dietary habits, socio-economic status, feeding practices, eating patterns, developmental stages, sunlight exposure and gastrointestinal symptoms. For four consecutive days, dietary data were collected by using a food diary to gather a quantitative estimate of food consumption and nutrient intake. Additionally, physical measurements of the mother – height, length and weight and head circumference of the child were also taken. In the second stage, a more detailed assessment of the food items was done out in a clinic or a mobile unit. This included stable isotope measurement to estimate fluid intake, breast milk intake and body composition. Blood samples were also collected to analyse iron and vitamin D status. In total, 2683 unique samples were taken for the DNSIYC 2011.
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How do I access the Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 datasets?
The data from the Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 is available to view and to download from the website of the UK government
Department of Health and Social Care. There are different data files, including detailed reports, tables and executive summaries.
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How is The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 datasets used by companies, institutes and organizations?
The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 serves as the official standard database for the food consumption and nutrient uptake of infants in the UK. This survey complements the national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS) rolling programme and assists in food, nutrition and health policy planning. Following are the different usages of The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children (DNSIYC) 2011 datasets for companies, researchers, food producers and organisations:
- To assess the feeding practices and food patterns of infants in the UK
- To quantitate the amount of different micronutrients consumed by the infants
- To assess the extent of breastfeeding and its relation with physical health of the infants
- To determine the micronutrient supplement consumption by the infants
- To determine the micro and macronutrient consumption by the mothers of infants
- To ensure that the food products targeted for infants meet the national dietary requirements for different essential nutrients
- To determine the vitamin D levels in infants and mothers