This paper describes a dietary survey, carried out on two offshore platforms, to measure the energy and nutrient intakes of a group of offshore workers. Anthropometric measurements and a blood sample were taken from each volunteer. The results show that the mean percentage body fat was above the desired level and the group could be classified as overweight. The mean daily energy intake was 3,091 kcals which is above the UK Government dietary reference value of 2,550 kcals for men aged 19-49 years, assuming low activity levels at work and leisure. The mean total blood cholesterol concentration was 6.2mmoll-1 which is greater than the value of 5.2mmoll-1 considered desirable by the World Health Organisation. These results suggest that the study group may be classified as at risk from developing coronary heart disease and it is recommended that health promotion strategies are implemented offshore.

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