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.
More reports and statistics on food & nutrition can be found under Physical activity and Overweight & obesity.
Australian adults had inadequate vegetable consumption while 1 in 2 had inadequate fruit consumption in 2014–15
fall in neural tube defects has occurred following mandatory folic acid fortification of bread in Australia
evening meals a week were home cooked in 2009
of babies were exclusively breastfed at 6 months in 2010
of the Australian burden of disease in 2011 was attributable to a diet low in fruit
more expensive to buy basic nutritious foods in rural and remote areas than in urban and metropolitan areas in 2006
of food waste was produced per household per year, based on data from 2006–07
of males and 95% of females aged 2–8 exceeded the upper level of sodium intake in 2011–12
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