Too much food, too little balance on Aussie plates
27 Aug 2012
Many Australians are eating too much of some foods and not enough of others, according to a recent report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Many Australians are not balancing foods high in fat and sugar with more nutritious choices. 'Treat' or 'extra' foods are generally high in energy and low in nutrients. They include takeaway items, chips, sweet biscuits, cakes and pastries, confectionery, soft drinks and alcohol.
On average, extra foods contribute to 36% of energy intake for adults and 41% for children. The majority of adults and children had higher energy intakes from total sugars and saturated fat than recommended.
The report showed that more than 9 in 10 people aged 16 and over don't eat the recommended 5 serves of vegetables, and adolescent girls don't eat enough dairy foods.
Unfortunately, the cost of eating healthy food is increasing faster than the cost of less healthy food. This may influence some people to buy less healthy foods.'
The full report can be found at these links: