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NDNS | Summary

National Diet and Nutrition Survey

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has been asked to carry out research to help the Government understand and improve our health and keep our food safe, by looking at people’s eating habits and nutrient intakes.

About NDNS

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey is a scientific study of people’s eating habits which has taken place across the UK every year since 2008. By taking part in the survey you can help the government improve public health and protect food safety.

Make your voice heard

We are looking for up to two adults and/or one or two young people (aged 18 months to 18 years) to take part in this important study. Your views will help to inform Government policy around diet and nutrition.

Who pays for NDNS?

Public Health England (PHE) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are funding the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out this study.

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health. PHE works with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation's health and support healthier choices. They address inequalities by focusing on removing barriers to good health.

The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK. They work with businesses to help them produce safe food, and with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations.

We also work with the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge; a leading research unit working in the area of diet, nutrition and physical activity.

In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) will be carrying out this research on behalf of NatCen. Further, a boost sample in Northern Ireland is commissioned by FSA in Northern Ireland and its funding partners (the Department of Health (DOH) and safefood).