Survey reveals shocking results of Australian diets

Australia’s largest ever diet survey, conducted by the CSIRO, has revealed the situation is worse than first though, with 99

Australia’s largest ever diet survey, conducted by the CSIRO, has revealed the situation is worse than first though, with 99 per cent of the population indulging in junk food.

The Healthy Diet Score report, released on September 26, looked at the dietary habits of more than 86,500 Australian adults over a period of one year and has discovered that poor food choices will see the nation continue on the path to obesity and other related health issues.

When a snapshot of the survey was released in August 2015, the national diet score was 61 out of 100. However, with almost 47,000 additional surveys now completed the score has slipped to 59 out of 100 and only 20 per cent of those completing the survey have reached the benchmark score of 70.

“We have an image of being fit and healthy but with a collective diet score of 59/100, that image could be very different unless we act now,” professor Manny Noakes, who co-authored the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, says.

The study looked at how much fruit, vegetables, grains, meats and discretionary food people were eating and compared that to the recommendations under the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

Professor Noakes suggests that simply halving the amount of discretionary food being eaten and doubling your vegetable intake would assist in the nation achieving a more respectable score of 69.

“If we can raise our collective score by just over 10 points, we help Australia mitigate against the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers,” she says.

While the news reveals a shocking trend in how Australians are eating, there is some good news to come from the study. It appears that almost 50 per cent of respondents meet the recommended intake for fruit, and women have been found to have better eating habits than men (60 points to 56 points).

How would you rate your eating habits? Are you surprised that the results of this survey?

  1. Renee Patterson  

    A strong message, but it also needs to acknowledge that those of us, the 1% of non-junk food eaters, can STILL be burdened with obesity because of medical conditions.

    • Jeanette Lewis  

      OH do i know after being on strong steroid meds i have 20 kilo”s to shed

  2. Jim  

    I’m curious as to what is considered too much take away/junk food, I am sure I would be at the low end of the scale, had it once in 1976 and again once in 2011, (in the US) I guess it is an age thing, the smell from fast food outlets make me feel ill…but I guess my healthy tripe n onions is just as yucky to a young person as their Maccas is to me…just my thoughts.

  3. What we are doing to our bodies and if there is any reason to be concerned is not a collective problem, it’s an individual problem and one minute standing naked in front of a full length mirror will reveal the full, though superficial, extent of the problem. Smoking and too much alcohol does not show itself until a bit too late. Just look at yourself and then decide whether or not you have a problem and if you think it’s just your genes, then go for a trip to a poor country and see who there have chubby genes – very few.

  4. [email protected]  

    Okay, but the problem is the dietary guidelines themselves. Despite their assurances, they are based not on the best science available, but on outdated, disproved theories about fats and sugars. To advocate the consumption of large amounts of starchy foods and processed low fat products while acknowledging the worsening of the public’s diet and obesity levels, is nonsensical, if not absolute malpractice.

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