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This data briefing explores self-reported leisure-time physical activity and selected dietary behaviours collected in the 2001 National Health survey and analyses how they vary by weight status for adults aged 20 years and over.
Insufficient physical activity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers & depression
Overweight women reported less ‘moderate’ and ‘high’ levels of physical activity compared with overweight men
Over 60% of Australian men and women reported ‘sedentary/very low’ and ‘low’ levels of physical activity
Twice as likely for men to report not usually eating the recommended amounts of fruit & vegetables compared to women
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