Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12 released
Date posted: 9 May 2014
The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12, with the data from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS).
The publication contains food and nutrient information from a 24-hour dietary recall, and information on selected dietary behaviours by age groups and sex at a national level. The publication includes selected nutrient comparisons with the 1995 National nutrition survey. Future releases will focus on usual intakes of nutrients including comparisons against nutrient reference values where relevant.
Some of the key findings include:
- in 2011-12, Australians aged 2 years and over consumed an estimated 3.1 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up from a wide variety of foods across the major food groups
- fruit products and dishes were consumed by six out of ten people (60%) overall on the day before interview. Based on self-reported usual serves of fruit eaten per day, just over half (54%) met the recommendations for usual serves of fruit
- vegetable products and dishes were consumed by three-quarters (75%) of the population, with potatoes making up around one-quarter (by weight) of all vegetables consumed. Based on people's self-reported usual consumption of vegetables, just 6.8% of the population met the recommended usual intake of vegetables
- the average energy intake was 9,655 kilojoules (kJ) for males and 7,402 kJ for females. Energy intakes were lowest among the toddler aged children who averaged 5,951 kJ and were highest among 19-30 year old males (11,004 kJ). Female energy intakes were highest among the 14-18 year olds (8,114 kJ).
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics