Survey of Sugar Intake among Children in Scotland, 2006

In 2005 the Food Standards Agency Scotland commissioned the Survey of Sugar Intake among Children in Scotland to obtain information on the diet of a nationally representative sample of Scottish children, aged 3 to 16. Its principal aim was the estimation of the intake of non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) and sugar-containing foods. It also aimed to chart progress towards the Scottish Dietary Target, whereby less than 10% of the total calories consumed are NMES.

The survey comprises:

  • a food frequency questionnaire for self-completion,
  • a face-to-face interview covering socio-demographic factors, lifestyle, physical activity and dental health,
  • taking physical measurements (height and weight) of the children surveyed.
Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
Scottish Centre for Social Research.
University of Aberdeen, Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine.
University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences & Medicine, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health.
University of Aberdeen, Department of Public Health.
King's College London, Nutritional Sciences Research Division.
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional (one-time) study.

Data Publisher:

  • SSICS 2006 user guide in PDF.
  • SSICS 2006 survey materials in PDF.
  • SSICS 2006 questionnaires in PDF.
  • SSICS 2006 data documentation in PDF.
  • UKDA Study information in HTML.
  • Read .htm notes.
  • Further information about the survey can be found on the Food Standards Agency project website.

Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-6250-1

File Descriptions: 


  • *.sav is an SPSS file.
  • *.rtf is a rich text format file.
  • *.pdf is a portable document format file.


File Storage: 




Written to CD-ROM 28/08/09.







SPSS portable files.

UKDA Study Number: 
Data Access: 

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