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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
Adolescents, age, alcohol consumption, allergies, anthropometric data, artificial sweeteners, beverages, blood, blood plasma, calories, carbohydrates, cars, child nutrition, children, clinical tests and measurements, clothing, coffee (beverage), commuting, confectionery, consumption, contraceptive devices, cooking, cooking facilities, dental care, dental examinations, dental health, dental treatment, diaries, diet and nutrition, dietary fibre, domestic appliances, drinking behaviour, economic activity, edible fats, employees, employment, employment programmes, ethnic groups, family members, farms, fathers, food, food resources, food supplements, free school meals, frequency, fruit, full-time employment, gender, grandparents, heads of household, health, health advice, health promotion and education, height (physiology), home-grown foods, householders, households, housing tenure, ill health, income, income-related benefits, information sources, job seeker's allowance, kitchens, leaving home (youth), livestock, longterm unemployment, managers, marital status, meals, menstruation, milk, minerals, mother's educational background, mothers, nutrients, occupational training, oral health, organic foods, part-time employment, personal oral hygiene, physical activities, physical fitness, place of birth, proteins, qualifications, religious food customs, salt, same-sex relationships, school meals, self-employed, slimming diets, smoking, social class, social security benefits, socio-economic status, soft drinks, student transportation, sugar, supervisors, supervisory status, tea, tinned foods, unemployed, unemployment, vegetables, vegetarianism, vitamins, weight (physiology), weight control, youth, youth unemployment
Identifier Variables
Standard regions, postcode
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

2672 young people aged 4 to 18 years living in private households in Great Britain

UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access