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The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) programme is a joint initiative, established in 1992, between the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and the Department of Health. Responsibility for the programme transferred from MAFF to the Food Standards Agency on the latter's establishment in April 2000.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Diet and nutrition
Great Britain, accidents, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, anthropometric data, anxiety, artificial sweeteners, attitudes, beverages, boredom, building maintenance, care of the elderly, cereal products, choice, chronic illness, clinical tests and measurements, coffee (beverage), cognitive processes, contact lenses, cooking facilities, dairy products, delivery services, dental diseases, dental examinations, dental health, dental treatment, dentists, dentures, diaries, diet and nutrition, disabilities, disabled persons, distance measurement, domestic appliances, driving, economic activity, edible fats, educational background, eggs (as food), elderly, employees, employment, employment history, ethnic groups, exercise, eyesight tests, family members, food, food preservation, food supplements, friends, fruit, gardening, gender, general practitioners, haematologic diseases, happiness, heads of household, health, health consultations, hearing aids, hearing impairments, height (physiology), hobbies, home-based work, home-grown foods, hospital outpatient services, hospital services, household, head's economic activity, household head's occupation, household head's occupational status, household pets, households, housework, housing, housing for the elderly, housing tenure, ill health, income, indoor games
Identifier Variables
Standard regions, postcode
Economic/Subject Categories
Nutrition, Ageing
Area of Health System
Public health
Data collecting organization (s)
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1994, 1995
Unit of Analysis

Sample size (A) 1632 (obtained) Free-living (main interview responding sample)
(B) 1621 (obtained) Free-living (main interview weighted sample)
(C) 425 (obtained) Institution (main interview responding sample)
(D) 436 (obtained) Institution (main interview weighted sample)
(E) 1275 (obtained) Free-living (food diary sample)
(F) 412 (obtained) Institutions (food diary sample)
(G) 1000 (target) 955 (obtained) Oral health survey

UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access