4364.0.55.007 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12  
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DIETING

Health and body image are among a range of factors that can influence what and how people eat. Dieting may be one response to these particular concerns. In 2011-12, over 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 years and over reported that they were on a diet to lose weight or for some other health reason. This included 15% of females and 11% of males. Being on a diet was most prevalent among 51-70 year olds where 19% of females and 15% of males were on some kind of diet see Table 13.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 15 years and over - Proportion of persons currently on a diet, 2011-12

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12



Around two-thirds of people who reported being on a diet (or 8.9% of the population aged 15 years and over), indicated they were on a diet to lose weight (including for health reasons as well as to lose weight), while 4.2% of the population were on a diet for other health reasons alone see Table 13.1.

Around half (49%) of people on a diet described the type of diet they were on as Weight loss or low calorie, with a higher proportion of female dieters being on a Weight loss or low calorie diet than men (53% and 44% respectively). The type of diet also varied by age group, with people aged 71 years and over most likely to report being on a Diabetic diet (31%) or Low fat / cholesterol diet (30%). In contrast, younger people aged 15-30 years were more likely to be on a Weight loss or low calorie diet (55%) or High protein diet (21%) see Table 13.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 15 years and over - Type of diet currently on(a), 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) People may report more than one type of diet.

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12