Belgian national Food Consumption Survey [FCS]

Last updated on 18-3-2019 by Sébastien Daems

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In short

Do we eat enough fibre, vitamins and minerals, and avoid eating too much sugar or fat? Do we not consume too many heavy metals, additives or other undesirable products through our food? The Food Consumption Survey tells us in detail what and how much the Belgian population eats. The government can use this information to prioritise its food policy. It also allows us to underpin properly dietary guidelines. In addition, the legislation on additives and contaminants can be monitored and amended in a more targeted way.

Project summary

The first Food Consumption Survey was conducted in 2004 among 3,200 adults aged 15 and above. Nationally representative data on the Belgian population were collected in 2014-2015 for the age groups between 3 and 64 years. The aim is to organise a new survey in the future.

The 3,200 participants provided detailed information about their diets spread over two days via a 24-hour diet survey. In addition, they gave information about their eating habits, their opinions on the food policy, their knowledge of food safety, physical exercise and their seating posture. Weight, height, and waist circumference were also measured objectively. In children and adolescents, physical exercise and seating posture were measured objectively using an accelerometer. A detailed description of the methodology and the results are available at the website of the Belgian Food Consumption Survey. Nutrition and eating habits as well as food policy change constantly, which is why we continue to work on a new survey.

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