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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, advice, age, allergies, anaesthetics, anthropometric data, apartments, artificial sweeteners, attitudes, beverages, bottle-feeding, breast-feeding, care of dependants, cereal products, child care, child nutrition, child-minders, children, choice, clinical tests and measurements, commercial building, confectionery, cooking, cooking facilities, dairy products, day nurseries, dental diseases, dental examinations, dental health, dental treatment, dentists, diet and nutrition, diseases, domestic appliances, domestic responsibilities, drugs, edible fats
Identifier Variables
Postcode, standard regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1992, 1993
Unit of Analysis

(A) 1500 (target) 1675 (obtained) 4-day weighed dietary intake records, (B) 1500 (target) 1658 (obtained) Dental survey, Children aged one and a half years to four and a half years (as defined by four sets of birthdates relevant to four waves of fieldwork) living in private households in Great Britain.

UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access