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.

Featured reports

Latest findings

Novel sources of data for food and nutrition monitoring have not been collected or extensively used for those purposes

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

9.1% of adults consumed sugar sweetened drinks daily in 2017–18

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

Iron and calcium intakes for girls and women in some age groups need to improve

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

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