Monitoring changes in the food and nutrient intake of a nation is important for informing the design and evaluation of policy. Surveys of household food consumption have been carried out annually in the UK since 1940 and, despite some changes over the years 1940–2000, the method used for the Expenditure and Food Survey (Living Costs and Food Survey from 2008) has been fundamentally the same since 2001. Using these surveys an analytical procedure was devised to compare food consumption and nutrient intake in Scotland with the Scottish dietary targets, and monitor change. This method takes into account contributions to composite foods and losses due to food preparation, as well as inedible and edible waste.
- diet monitoring
- food purchase surveys
- dietary target
Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A., Anderson, A. S., & Barton, K. L. (2013). Slow pace of dietary change in Scotland: 2001 to 2009. British Journal of Nutrition, 109(10), 1892-1902. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114512003789