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.

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

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Latest findings

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

Developing and standardising novel data sources will improve their usefulness

5 to 7 serves of discretionary foods were consumed by adults per day in 2011–12

7.1% of children aged 2–17 consumed sugar sweetened drinks daily in 2017–18

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

About one-third of Australians’ energy is from discretionary foods. This is highest for teenagers aged 14–18, at 41%

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