The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released its first report on the country’s food and nutrition since 1994. The report, Australia’s food and nutrition 2012, presents a major survey of Australia’s produce, distribution, food consumption and dietary trends.
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, stated: “Food is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, so it is important we have a good understanding of the various components that influence and affect our food choices.”
Of the findings presented in the report the fact that approximately 68 percent of Australian males and 55 percent of females are overweight was of high concern for Ms King, outlining the importance of the Australian Government’s support for food and nutrition-related initiatives designed to improve health outcomes.
Said Ms King: “We have made a record $872.1 million investment in preventive health to encourage Australians to think about ways to lead healthier lifestyles, such as quitting smoking, getting active, drinking less alcohol – and eating well.
“We are supporting the development of a National Nutrition Policy and have established the Australian Health Survey to identify groups at risk of poor health, and are in the process of revising the Australian Dietary Guidelines which are expected to be released next year.”
To find out more or read the report in full, please see: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737422319