ABOUT THE INITIATIVE ‘KNOW YOUR DIET’

‘KNOW YOUR DIET’ is an online tool developed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) to help you assess your food habits. CSE has a legacy of revealing some very harsh truths about the food we eat and as a part of our Good Food Movement, we want to create awareness about various aspects of healthy eating. The objective of this exercise is to create awareness on healthy food choices and simultaneously, understand what India is eating. The information gathered from this exercise will help in strengthening our advocacy efforts for good food.

‘KNOW YOUR DIET’ comprises a main survey, six mini surveys and a ‘school children survey’ in English and Hindi. The main survey is an abridged version of questions on several important aspects of your diet whereas each of the six mini surveys focuses on different aspects of your diet. The main survey and mini surveys are meant for adults. The ‘school children survey’ is a specifically designed exercise for children in the age group 9 to 17 years, who are studying in schools. These surveys may be taken on mobile, tablet or computer.

Collectively, ‘KNOW YOUR DIET’ aims to address crucial themes like balance in diet, consumption of packaged and non-packaged foods, consumption of food cooked outside home, transition in food habits over time, household consumption, awareness of food labels and awareness about food and health.

After completing a survey, the user will get a diet report which will have an analysis of the user’s eating habits. Along with the report, the user will receive answers to a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about food and health. School children filling the ‘School Children Survey’ will get a customized report and set of FAQs. The report received by the user will be directional in nature and will be based on broad principles of healthy eating. This tool does not intend to replace clinical consultation. In case you would like a more detailed consultation, you are advised to seek professional help.

This is not a market research exercise and individual responses and information will be kept confidential. CSE will analyse these responses collectively to understand what India is eating.

While designing this tool, wherever applicable, dietary guidelines applicable to Indians have been referred. Also, we have been supported with the expert inputs of our ‘Technical Advisory Panel’ comprising of:

  1. Dr. Anoop Misra

    - Chairman, Fortis-C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases and Endocrinology

    - Chairman, National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC)

    - Director, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Diabetes Foundation (India) (DFI)

  2. Dr. Seema Gulati

    - Head, Center for Nutrition & Metabolic Research (C-NET), National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC)

    - Chief Project Officer, Diabetes Foundation (India)

  3. Dr. Rekha Harish

    - Prof. and Head of Department, Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Jammu.

  4. Ms. Anuja Agarwala

    - Sr. Dietician, Paediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Things to remember while filling the surveys

  1. All questions are mandatory.
  2. If you are an adult, take the ‘Main Survey’ and/or mini surveys. You can choose to fill the survey in one attempt or many attempts. In case you want to take it in many attempts, click on ‘save and resume later’. You will receive an email with a link to resume the survey or you could simply resume by entering your email id. Your diet report will consist of analysis of your responses to the ‘Main Survey’ and mini surveys on vegetables, fruits and beverages. The mini surveys ‘Food and Health’, ‘Food Labels and You’ and ‘Household Consumption’ will not reflect in the diet report.
  3. If you are younger than 18 years and also study in a school, please take the ‘School Children Survey’, which has been specifically designed for school students. Please finish this survey in one attempt.
  4. Each survey will be live for an hour after you load it, after which the session will expire. School children must finish the survey within one hour of loading it. Those taking main and/or mini surveys must either finish the survey or save their responses within one hour of loading.
  5. To understand your report effectively, please read it along with the FAQs.
  6. There is one set of FAQs for adults and a customized set of FAQs for children. Those taking main and/or mini surveys need not download or view the FAQs every time a survey is completed.

Institutional support:

As of now, 26 institutions have committed to encouraging participation in the KNOW YOUR DIET initiative

Schools (16)

  1. Apeejay School, Pitampura, Delhi
  2. D.AV. Public School, Sector-14, Gurgaon, Haryana
  3. DAV International School, Amritsar
  4. Father Agnel School, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Government Junior High School, Mangzing, Sikkim
  6. Hayde Heritage Academy, Kotdwara, Uttarakhand
  7. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sunjuwan, Jammu
  8. LK Singhania Education Centre, Nagaur, Rajasthan
  9. Noyes Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  10. Sacred Heart School, Moga, Punjab
  11. St. Kabir’s School, Hisar, Haryana
  12. The Pinnacle School, Delhi
  13. Doaba Public School, Hoshiarpur, Punjab
  14. NPS International School, Guwahati, Assam
  15. Govt. Sr. Sec. School Thali Chakti, Rampur, Himachal Pradesh
  16. Gwalior Glory High School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Universities and Colleges (nine)

  1. Symbiosis International University, Pune
  2. Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati
  3. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  4. Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
  5. Dr. K. N. Modi University, Newai, Rajasthan
  6. Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Meghalaya
  7. Miranda House, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  8. PES University, Bangalore
  9. Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, New Delhi

Corporate (one):

  1. HSBC India

In case you have any queries or feedback or need any kind of support, please write to us at support@knowyourdiet.org

This is not a market research exercise. Individual respondent details and information shared will be kept confidential. Responses will be analysed collectively to know what India is eating.