Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (LIDNS)

The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (LIDNS), also known as the Social and Resource Influences in Eating Habits Survey or SARIEH, gathered information on food intakes and nutritional status from a sample of households throughout the UK.

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This study was commissioned by the Food Standards Agency to investigate food intakes and nutritional status of people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 3,500 people were asked to take part. Participation involved a visit from an interviewer who collected 24-hour recalls on four separate days. There was also a nurse visit in the survey, during which a number of anthropometric measurements were taken in addition to a blood sample.

Field work ran for a total of 15 months from November 2003 and was completed in February 2005. This dataset will allow detailed investigation of household food security, barriers to healthy eating, and differences between countries to name a few of the proposed report topics. The final report was published in 2007.

See www.food.gov.uk/science/dietarysurveys/lidnsbranch/ for further details and to download the report.

LIDNS was run by a consortium composed of the National Centre for Social Research, Kings College London, University College London, the Institute of Food Research (now Quadram Institute) in Norwich, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the Rowett Research Institute.