Dutch National Food Consumption Survey (DNFCS) 2007-2010

The DNFCS 2007-2010 (pdf) was authorised by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and coordinated by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). It reports the food consumption of children and adults living in the Netherlands. The survey comprises of food and nutrient intakes of 3,819 people living in the Netherlands (regardless of nationality) who were aged between 7 and 69 years, excluding pregnant and lactating women. The data was collected over a 3-year period from March 2007 to April 2010. The survey population was representative with regard to age and sex within each age group, region, degree of urbanisation and education (for children up to 18 years, the educational level of their parents/carers was measured). The data has been tested in Creme Food® and the intake results obtained have been reviewed against published findings.

The DNFCS 2007-2010 uses the Dutch Food Composition Survey Databases (NEVO). The DNFCS 2007-2010 and the NEVO database are available for free; but an application must be made to RIVM to access the data.

If you are interested in using this survey, or if you would like to discuss the dataset in more detail, please contact Creme. We will assist you with the application process and with the installation of the data in your Creme Food® account.

Further Survey Information

The survey used three different questionnaires covering the age group of 7 to 11 year-olds, 12 to 18 year-olds and adults (19 to 69 years). The questionnaire covered various background and lifestyle factors such as patterns of physical activity, educational level, working status, native country, family composition, smoking, alcohol consumption, use of breakfast, and general characteristics of the diet.

The dietary assessment was based on two non-consecutive 24-hour dietary recalls. For children aged 7 to 15 years, the two 24-hour recalls were carried out by means of face-to-face interviews during home visits. Participants aged 16 to 69 years were interviewed by telephone, on two days at times unknown to the participants. Interviews were carried out by trained dietitians about the participant’s food consumption on the day before the interview. The computer directed interview programme EPIC-Soft (©IARC) was used to record the 24-hour dietary recalls. Each person was interviewed twice with the interval of about four weeks between the interviews. The aim was to ensure that all recalled days of the weeks are equally represented. Dietary intakes were assessed under 17 main food groups. The habitual intake of nutrients was estimated from the reported intake.

The main conclusions made from this survey were that the Dutch people still consume insufficient fruit, vegetables, fish and fibre. A reduction in the intake of trans fatty acids was observed, however, the proportion of saturated fatty acids in the diet is still high and the prevalence of those who are overweight is high. A full report of the results of this consumption survey can be found on the RIVM website.

Written by Sandrine Pigat on September 12 2012

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