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

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

Developing and standardising novel data sources will improve their usefulness

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

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

Although fruit intake is closest to the recommendations, nearly 4 in 5 adults (77%) aged 19–50 do not eat enough

Nearly all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat enough vegetables

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