Australian Capital Territory - Key Facts – Food and Nutrients, 2011-12
How much food was consumed in the ACT?
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), during 2011-12, people aged two years and over consumed an estimated 3.1 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up of a wide variety of foods.
Similar proportions consumed the following foods when compared with national results:
‘Cereal based products and dishes’ (75% compared with 72%)
‘Meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (69% for both groups)
‘Milk products and dishes’ (87% compared with 85%)
‘Vegetable products and dishes’ (77% compared with 75%)
Canberrans were more likely than all Australians to consume:
‘Cereals and cereal products’ (92% compared with 89%)
‘Fruit products and dishes’ (66% compared with 60%)
Apples and pears (32% compared with 26%)
Yoghurt (19% compared with 16%)
'Soup' (13% compared with 10%)
Wine (22% of ACT adults compared with 16% of all Australian adults).
Canberrans were less likely than all Australians to consume:
Soft drinks (23% compared with 29%)
Potatoes (26% compared with 31%)
Cabbage, cauliflower and similar brassica vegetables (8% compared with 10%)
Beer (11% of ACT adults compared with 14% of all Australian adults)
For the full list of foods consumed see ACT Table 3.1.
Source(s): National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, 2011-12
Canberrans obtained one-third (33%) of their energy from 'discretionary foods'. This was lower than the Australian average of 35%.
Adults (aged 19 years and over) in the ACT obtained 33% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food groups contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods were ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (10%), ‘alcoholic beverages’ (5.4%) and ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (2.9%).
Children (aged 2-18 years) in the ACT obtained 34% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food group contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods was also ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (9.6%) followed by ‘confectionary’ (4.6%) and ‘meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (3.8%).
For more information see ACT Table 5.1.
ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS
The average energy intake for people aged 19 years and over from the ACT was similar to the national average for both males (9,593kJ compared with 9,954kJ) and females (7,626kJ compared with 7,420kJ). Total energy intake is likely to be an under-estimate due to under-reporting.
Carbohydrates contributed the largest proportion of total energy for Canberrans (similar to all Australians), supplying 45% on average with the balance of energy coming from fat (31%), protein (18%) and dietary fibre (2%). Alcohol also provided 5% of energy intake for adults in Canberra. These are within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges and within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended alcohol intake.
For more information see ACT Table 1.1 and ACT Table 2.1
Selected macro and micro nutrients
Almost two in five men (39%) and three in ten women (30%) in the ACT consumed alcohol on the day before interview (see ACT Table 3.1 for more information).
In 2011-12, the average daily consumption of calcium for women aged 19 years and over in the ACT was 781mg. This is below the estimated average requirement (which is 840mg for females aged 19-50 years and 1100mg for females aged 51 years and over). See ACT Table 1.1 for more information.
Both boys and adult males in Canberra had an average intake of salt (2,733mg and 2,713mg respectively) that exceeded the adult upper level of intake of 2,300mg. See ACT Table 1.1 for more information.
In 2011-12, 21% of Canberrans aged two years and over reported avoiding particular foods due to allergy or intolerance, a higher proportion than when compared with all Australians (21% compared with 17%).
Around 8% of Canberrans avoided particular foods for cultural, religious or ethical reasons.
See ACT Table 6.1 for more information.
Around 3.6% of people were living in a household in the ACT that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more and 1.5% went without food when they couldn’t afford to buy any more. See ACT Table 7.1 for more information.
See Further information for definitions and more detailed explanations relating to this analysis.
1. The proportion of persons meeting the recommended intakes for fruit and vegetables were sourced from the Australian Health Survey 2011-13 ( 2011-12 Core component).
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