UK NDNS National Diet and Nutrition Survey Programme Database

The NDNS is a dataset providing cross-sectional information about the dietary habits and nutritional status of the population of Great Britain.

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What is the National Diet and Nutrition Survey dataset?

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey programme is a continuous survey programme funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) jointly fund the UK NDNS. The survey provides cross-sectional information about the dietary habits and nutritional status of the population of Great Britain. The survey uses an interview for socio-demographics of the respondent and household, medication, and eating and drinking habits; a weighed dietary record of all food and drink consumed over seven consecutive days; bowel movements for the seven days, and a record of physical activity over these seven days; physical measurements. Samples of blood and 24-hour urine are collected as well. 

 

The survey uses dietary and post-dietary interviews as well. First, a face-to-face interview was conducted using computer-assisted personal interviewing methods to collect information of  the respondent’s household, their usual dietary behaviour, consumption of artificial sweeteners, herbal teas and other drinks; any foods that are avoided and the reasons for doing so, including vegetarianism and dieting behaviours; the use of salt at the table and in cooking; and the use of fluoride preparations and dietary supplements. The respondent’s health status, smoking and drinking habits, use of the contraceptive pill, menopausal state and use of hormone replacement therapy for women are also recorded. At the end of the seventh day, a short interview is conducted. The survey participants are requested to keep a weighed record of every food and drink they consumed over seven consecutive days. Each participating individual was given a set of calibrated food scales and two food recording diaries. One of the diary is for ‘home record’ to for foods to be weighed and recorded eaten at home, and another ‘eating out’ diary for recording foods consumed outside of home. They were also given a pocket sized notebook for recording in unfamiliar circumstances.

 

Yearly, about 1000 individuals are enrolled in the NDNS rolling program. The program took off in 2008 and now is in its 11th year. 

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Datasets available in the UK NDNS database

Related questions about the NDNS National Diet and Nutrition Survey Database

How do I access the NDNS Rolling program datasets?

There are several different datasets from the NDNS survey that can be easily accessed and downloaded from the official website of UK government. A license is required to access and use the data. We have accessed these datasets and tested them for compatibility with our models and dashboards. We can assist you to apply for a license to use this data with our models and dashboards.

 

If you want to access them directly, the datasets are made available for each year, and also for a group of years. The following page contains the datasets that can be viewed and downloaded in different formats.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-diet-and-nutrition-survey#archive-of-ndns-reports

The data are available as reports, data tables and archived files.

 

How do companies, organisations and researchers use NDNS datasets?

The NDNS survey 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. 

There are several key uses of NDNS data:

  • Get detailed quantitative information on the food and nutrient intakes, source of nutrients and nutritional status of the population under study using models such as Creme Nutrition
  • To provide the food consumption data required for exposure assessments to contaminants, pesticides and other chemicals in models such as Creme Food Safety
  • Determine the characteristics of individuals with intakes of specific nutrients that are either above or below the national average
  • To provide a detailed database to calculate the likely intake of dietary toxicants, contaminants, additives and food chemicals for risk assessment
  • To obtain data on blood and urine indices as health and nutritional biomarkers
  • To obtain height, weight and other measurements as a function of nutritional status
  • To monitor the degree of deviation of the diet of any given specific strata of the population
  • To derive the potential relationship between diet and nutritional status and risk factors
  • To formulate food production, packaging and processing to meet the nutritional requirements of study population