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Latest news and findings

Clock NDNS Year 13 (2020/21)

The latest NDNS year, Year 13, started in October 2020 and will finish in August 2021.

Some of you have been invited to take part. To find out more about what it means to take part, please check out the ‘What’s involved?’ page.

Newspaper Fascinating new findings

A full-length version of the latest report (pdf) has been published on Public Health England’s website. Some highlights include:

Fruit and vegetables

Mean consumption of fruit and vegetable portions was unchanged between 2008/09 and 2016/17 for adults and children aged 11 to 18 years and was consistently below the 5 A DAY recommendation in both groups. 

Oily fish

There was generally little change in oily fish consumption over time. Although the percentage of children aged 11 to18 years consuming oily fish increased by 10 percentage points between 2008/09 and 2016/17 mean consumption remained well below recommended levels in all age groups.

Red meat and processed meat

Consumption of red and processed meat showed a downward trend. For adults aged 19 to 64 years consumption declined by 19g over nine years from 2008/09 to 2016/17. For children aged 11 to18 years there was a decline of 15g and adults 65 years and over 11g over the same period. Mean consumption for adult men remained above the recommended maximum of 70g/day. 

Sugar sweetened soft drinks

There was a downward trend in consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks in all age groups. 

Vitamins and minerals 

There was a downward trend in intakes of most vitamins and minerals for most age groups between 2008/09 and 2016/17. This was most marked for folate and vitamin A. Over the nine years, mean folate intakes for girls aged 11 to 18 years dropped from meeting the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI) to below the RNI. 10. Blood folate concentrations decreased between 2008.