The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presents modelled data for the UK relating to this indicator, and states the prevalance of undernourishment in the UK as <2.5% between 2000 and 2018.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator and has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts. We will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification.

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Headline data

Source: Food Standards Agency and Public Health England

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Calories per day (kcal/day)

Footnote: Up until 2016 to 17, Data is available as a combined figure from two survey years. Each survey year spans two calendar years. The year shown on the x-axis refers to the middle year from the combined survey years. For example for year 2015 on the x axis, data is combined from both the 2014 to 15 and the 2015 to 16 survey years. For Survey years between 2016 to 17 and 2018 to 19, data is combined from three survey years. For these survey years 2018 appears on the x-axis

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Calories per day (kcal/day)

Definitions

Undernourishment is defined as the condition by which a person has access, on a regular basis, to the amount of food that are insufficient to provide the energy required for conducting a normal, healthy and active life, given his or her own dietary energy requirements. Though strictly related, “undernourishment” as defined here is different from the physical conditions of “malnutrition” and “undernutrition” as it refers to the condition of insufficient intake of food, rather than to the outcome in terms of nutritional status

Available disaggregations

Sex; Age

Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Prevalence of undernourishment

Target name

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Organisation

Food Standards Agency and Public Health England

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2008

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source National Diet and Nutrition Survey opens in a new window
Release date 11 December 2020
Next release

To be Confirmed

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

phe.enquiries@phe.gov.uk

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