Estimation of food and nutrient intakes from food purchase data in Scotland, 2001-2015



    The main aim of the Estimation of Food and Nutrient Intakes from Food Purchase Data in Scotland, 2001-2015 was to update annual trends in food consumption and nutrient intakes using the same robust secondary analysis methodology previously developed to convert purchase to consumption. This work is part of a rolling programme to update annual trends in food consumption and nutrient intakes.

    In addition, the work examined dietary differences according to socio-economic groups. Estimates of food consumption and nutrient intakes have been calculated from the household and eating out purchase data from the Scottish sample of the Expenditure and Food Survey (2001-2007) and Living Costs and Food Survey (2008-2015) using an established and robust methodology. Secondary analysis has been carried out to group the foods relevant to the Scottish Dietary Goals and calculate statistically meaningful population estimates, adjusting for waste (using figures published by the Waste and Resource Action Programme) and weighting to the Scottish population. Other foods indicative of diet quality, such as soft drinks, cakes and savoury snacks that contribute to the nutrient goals have also been monitored. Further analysis is facilitated by the inclusion of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) quintiles (provided by Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics).

    Dietary targets for Scotland were originally proposed in Eating for Health: A Diet Action Plan for Scotland in 1996 and have since been revised in 2013 and 2016 as Dietary Goals. Monitoring progress towards these targets/goals using the Expenditure and Food Survey (Living Costs and Food Survey since 2008) followed the endorsement of the 2004 Working Group Report on Monitoring Scottish Dietary Targets who concluded that it was the most appropriate method for Scotland.
    Date made available20 Aug 2019
    PublisherUK Data Service
    Temporal coverageApr 2001 - Dec 2015
    Geographical coverageScotland


    • Child nutrition
    • Diet and nutrition
    • Educational background
    • Employment history
    • Food
    • Food and nutrition
    • Food shortages
    • Gender

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