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NDNS | Summary

National Diet and Nutrition Survey

NatCen Social Research 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 randomly select a number of addresses each year. Within these, 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 funds NDNS?

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are funding NatCen Social Research and the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge to carry out this study.

OHID, part of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), will drive the prevention agenda across government to reduce health disparities, and improve the public’s health. Until 1 October 2021, NDNS was funded by Public Health England (PHE). For the time being, PHE will still be referenced on the documents you receive from us.

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.

In Northern Ireland, interviewers from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) will be helping carry out this research on behalf of NatCen.