MABAT Israeli national health and nutrition survey Adults Food Consumption Database

The comprehensive food consumption database is a dataset on food consumption across Israeli adults.


What is the MABAT National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001, Israel?

National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001 was the first large-scale nutrition survey planned and carried out by the Food and Nutrition Services of the Public Health Services and the Israel Center for Disease Control. This was the first of its kind survey designed for monitoring health and nutrition status of the population. The survey was deemed as an essential factor in describing the general health, lifestyles and nutritional status of the population in Israel.  The MABAT First survey – the national health and nutrition survey- is an important means for decision-making concerning nutrition policy in Israel. The information generated from the first MABAT survey provides a basis for the evaluation of health indicators in the population and also helps in monitoring and identification of subpopulation groups at increased risk of morbidity. 


The MABAT survey 1999-2001 was conducted between 1999 and 2001  National Center for Disease Control (MALBAM) in collaboration with the Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Health. It was a cross-sectional study, and the study population was drawn randomly from the population registry. Individuals in long-term care and institutions were excluded. A total of 3,246 men and women, Jews and Arabs. Aged 24-64 were included in the survey. The survey outcomes are used as baseline data to inspect trends in food consumption patterns in Israel.


The MABAT survey 1999-2001 survey used a general questionnaire that included demographic details on the individual and the family, health status, alcohol intake, exercise, smoking habits, eating and dieting habits, food allergy and sensitivity, food supplementation use, knowledge and attitudes regarding nutrition and sources of nutrition knowledge. Data were continually collected over a period of two years, and it was aimed to reflect the discrepancies in the nutritional habits and consumption patterns of the Israeli population in the different seasons of the year, on all days of the week, including religious holidays. Apart from the questionnaire, a 24-hour dietary recall was also conducted in which the study participants were asked to report their food consumption in 24 hours before the interview. Two rounds of interviews were taken. During the first round, a list of foods and drinks was gathered. The second round of interviews was more detailed: time of meals, where the meals were consumed and to what meal each specific food belonged to, as well as information on the inventory of the food items and beverages for better quantification. Additionally, anthropometric measurements were carried out, including height, weight, waist circumference, and hip circumference. The gathered data was recorded using computerized software.

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How do I access the MABAT - Israeli National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001 datasets?

Mabat – Israeli National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001 are made available for access by the State of Israel’s official website. Use the following link to access the datasets page:

Mabat – Israeli National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001  data are available in two different reports:


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Alternatively, the reports are available to download from the reports and publications page of the Israeli Ministry of health, where the datasets can be searched using the keywords.  


How is the Mabat Adult Survey - National Health and Nutrition Survey for used by companies, institutes and organizations?

Mabat – Israeli National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999-2001 fis the first detailed food and nutrition survey in Israel. The data obtained from the survey can be used by food producers, nutritionists, researchers and policymakers in the following ways: 


  1. To assess the average daily nutrient intake of population energy levels, macronutrients, fibre, fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals.
  2. To identify and classify meals and food combinations.
  3. To assess the average daily intake of food contaminants (drug residues, pesticide residues, heavy metals) and of food colours and nutrition supplements.
  4. To assess the prevalence and types of food sensitivities.
  5. To evaluate the degree of adherence to accepted dietary guidelines as regards nutrient intake and to identify populations at risk.
  6. To assess the knowledge and attitudes of children concerning health and nutrition and their use of health services.
  7. To assess the frequency of health-related behaviours in the population (e.g. smoking, physical activity, dental health, and other behaviours).
  8. To describe the anthropometric (body build) status of the population (weight for age, height for age, weight for height, BMI for age, sitting height, waist, midarm and hip circumferences).
  9. To facilitate the development of a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) for Israeli people
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