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About the data

The UK National Food Survey collects weekly data on household food acquisition every year. It contains year and month specific information about all food entering the household using a diary reporting quantities and expenditures of food purchased. In particular it collects information on personal expenditure on snacks, meals, sweets and drinks consumed outside the home, and the number and type of meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) offered to guests. In addition, it records some demographic characteristics, such as age and sex of each member of the family and of visitors, number of males and females working, household characteristics, region of residence, and socio-economic variables, such as household income and occupation of head of household.

How the data were used

Twenty-six waves of the National Food Survey were used for a PhD research on 'Nutrition, Health and Socio-Economic Status' documenting how diet changed in Britain between 1975 and 2000. The thesis describes the dynamic of consumption over age, time and cohorts by gender, controlling for household income, food prices, region of residence, female employment and eating out. The study uses data on household weekly purchases to derive average individual daily intake of five food groups (dairy products, meat and fish, fat and sugar, vegetables and fruit, and cereals) and seven nutrients (calories, fat intake, proteins, carbohydrate, iron, calcium and vitamin C, and the proportion of energy from fat, protein and carbohydrate).

About the author

Paola De Agostini is a senior research officer at the University of Essex whose main areas of research are applied microeconometrics and health economics. In particular she is interested in diet changes and the importance of life style as determinant of health, evaluation of public policies aiming at improving diet, physical activities and health inequality.

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