The third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) was conducted in 2007, following previous surveys in 1998 and 2002. The 2007 SLÁN survey involved a nationally representative sample of 10,364 respondents (62% response rate), of whom 9,223 (89%) completed a standard Willett Food Frequency Questionnaire adapted for use in the Irish population. The survey included additional anthropometric and other physical examination data from two sub-samples: 967 younger adults aged 18-44 years and 1,207 older adults aged 45 years and over.
Data on height, weight and waist circumference were obtained by SLÁN field survey staff from the sub-sample of younger adults. In addition to this data, trained medical staff also measured blood pressure and cholesterol levels among the sub-sample of older adults, as well as collecting blood and urine samples.
This report on the dietary habits of the Irish population summarises the main findings from the analysis of the height, weight and waist circumference data (both self-reported and measured data) and the Food Frequency Questionnaire. The data are presented by gender, 4 age groups and 3 social class categories, and results are compared with SLÁN 1998 and 2002 where possible. Analysis of the additional physical examination data (blood pressure and cholesterol) is discussed in the Main Report for SLÁN 2007 (Morgan et al, 2008).