Overview

The food and beverages we eat and drink (our diet) play an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. Diets that provide insufficient or excessive amounts of energy, nutrients and other components can result in ill health.

Health conditions that are often affected by our diet include overweight and obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and type 2 diabetes.

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Latest findings

Monitoring food and nutrition is important, however data are collected infrequently

Novel data sources can be used to complement traditional food and nutrition data sources

Less than 1 in 10 adults met the recommendations for daily vegetable consumption in 2017–18

3 to 8 serves of discretionary foods were consumed by children per day in 2011–12

For adults aged 51–70, alcoholic drinks account for more than one-fifth (22%) of discretionary food intake

Since 1995, the contribution of added sugars, total fat and saturated fat to energy intake has generally decreased

More reports and statistics on food and nutrition can be found under Physical activity and Overweight & obesity.