Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
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The fat content of milk usually consumed (i.e. whole milk, reduced-fat, skim) was then reported for persons who drank milk. Categories included:
Fruit and vegetables
Respondents were asked to report the number of serves of vegetables and fruit they usually ate each day. For the purposes of this survey the following National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines were used.
A serve of vegetables was defined as:
All types of vegetables were included, but legumes were excluded. Tomatoes were included as a vegetable rather than a fruit.
A serve of fruit was defined as:
Fruit and vegetable juices were excluded.
Prompt cards were used to assist respondents in understanding the concept of a serve, showing pictorial representations. One prompt card showed three pictorial examples of single serves of different vegetables and another card showed three pictorial examples of single serves of fruit. If respondents had difficulty in reporting, interviewers were encouraged to prompt in terms of asking respondents about their usual consumption of vegetables and fruit at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and for snacks.
Respondents were also asked whether their vegetable and fruit consumption had increased, decreased or stayed the same since this time last year.
Respondents were asked whether salt was usually added to their meals during cooking, or to a meal at the table and whether the salt was iodised (i.e. containing iodine).
The data items and related output categories for this topic will be available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Information on dietary behaviour was collected in both the NHS and NNPAS. In Australian Health Survey: First Results (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001), released on 29 October 2012, data on this item are available from the NHS component (21,000 people). Results from the AHS core sample (the full 34,000 people, consisting of both NHS and NNPAS samples combined) will be available in May 2013. For more information on the structure of the AHS, see the Introduction of this Users' Guide.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following.
Comparability with 2007-08
The dietary indicator questions used in the 2011-12 NHS are the same to those used in the 2007-08 NHS and the data are considered directly comparable.
The 2011-12 NHS survey collected information from persons aged 2 years and over, whereas in the 2007-08 NHS, information was collected for persons aged 5 years and over. Care should be taken to ensure that the correct population has been selected when making comparisons.
The following items collected in 2011-12 NHS that were not collected in 2007-08 survey:
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