4364.0.55.009 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition - State and Territory results, 2011-12  
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Queensland - Key Facts – Food and Nutrients, 2011-12

FOODS CONSUMED

How much food was consumed in Queensland?

  • In Queensland, during 2011-12, people aged two years and over consumed an estimated 3.3 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up of a wide variety of foods.

Foods consumed
In Queensland 5% of people aged two years and over met the recommended usual daily intake of vegetables and 52% of people met the recommended usual daily intake of fruit which was similar to the national results.1

Similar proportions consumed the following foods when compared with the national results:
  • ‘Cereals and cereal products’ (88% compared with 89%)
  • ‘Cereal based products and dishes’ (72% for both groups)
  • ‘Fruit products and dishes’ (60% for both groups)
  • ‘Meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (71% compared with 69%)
  • ‘Vegetable products and dishes’ (74% compared with 75%)

Queenslanders were more likely than all Australians to consume:
  • 'Fats and oils' (49% compared with 46%)
  • ‘Milk products and dishes’ (88% compared with 85%)
    • Dairy milk (71% compared with 68%)
  • Potatoes (36% compared with 31%)
  • 'Sugar products and dishes' (53% compared with 50%)

Queenslanders were less likely than all Australians to consume:
  • Tea (34% compared with 38%)
  • 'Soup' (6% compared with 10%)
  • Dishes where vegetable is the major component (19% compared with 22%)
  • Wine (14% of Queensland adults compared with 16% of all Australian adults)

For the full list of foods consumed Queensland Table 3.1.

Discretionary food
  • Queenslanders obtained 37% of their energy from 'discretionary foods'. This was higher than the Australian average of 35%.
  • Adults (aged 19 years and over) in Queensland obtained 36% 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’ (9.5%), ‘alcoholic beverages’ (6.1%) and ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (4.0%).
  • Children (aged 2-18 years) in Queensland obtained 41% 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’ (13.5%) followed by ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (5.2%) and ‘confectionary’ (4.0%).
For more information see Queensland Table 5.1.

ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS

Energy
  • The average energy intake for people aged 19 years and over from Queensland was similar to the national average for both males (9,977 kJ compared with 9,954kJ) and females (7,351 kJ compared with 7,420 kJ). Total energy intake is likely to be an under-estimate due to under-reporting.
  • Carbohydrates contributed the largest proportion of total energy for Queenslanders (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 4% of energy intake for adults in Queensland. 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 Queensland Table 1.1 and Queensland Table 2.1.

Selected macro and micro nutrients
  • Just over two in five men (42%) and just under one in four women (24%) in Queensland consumed alcohol on the day before interview (see Queensland Table 3.1 for more information).
  • In 2011-12, the average daily consumption of calcium for women aged 19 years and over in Queensland was 720mg. 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 Queensland Table 1.1 for more information.
  • Males in Queensland had an average intake of salt (2,638mg) that exceeded the adult upper level of intake of 2,300mg. See Queensland Table 1.1 for more information.

FOOD AVOIDANCE
  • In 2011-12, 17% of Queenslanders aged two years or over reported avoiding particular foods due to allergy or intolerance.
  • Queenslanders were less likely to avoid particular foods for cultural, religious or ethical reasons when compared with the national results (4% compared with 7%).
See Queensland Table 6.1 for more information.

FOOD SECURITY

Around 5.2% of people were living in a household in Queensland that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more and 2.4% went without food when they couldn’t afford to buy any more. See Queensland Table 7.1 for more information.


FURTHER INFORMATION

See Further information for definitions and more detailed explanations relating to this analysis.

ENDNOTE:
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).