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

FOODS CONSUMED

How much food was consumed in Victoria?

  • In Victoria during 2011-12, people aged two years and over consumed an estimated 3 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up of a wide variety of foods.

Foods consumed
In Victoria 6% 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:
  • ‘Fruit products and dishes’ (60% for both groups)
  • ‘Meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (68% compared with 69%)
  • ‘Milk products and dishes’ (84% compared with 85%)
  • ‘Vegetable products and dishes’ (74% compared with 75%)
Victorians were more likely than all Australians to consume:
  • ‘Cereals and cereal products’ (92% compared with 89%)
    • Regular breads and bread rolls (69% compared with 66%)
  • ‘Cereal based products and dishes’ (75% compared with 72%)
  • Stone fruit (10% compared with 8%)
  • 'Soup' (12% compared with 10%)

Victorians were less likely than all Australians to consume:
  • Tropical and subtropical fruit (19% compared with 21%)
  • Dairy milk (66% compared with 68%)
  • Potatoes (29% compared with 31%)
  • 'Alcoholic beverages' (30% of Victorian adults compared with 32% of all adult Australians)

Victorian children (aged 2-18 years) were less likely to consume confectionary when compared with all Australian children (40% compared with 45% respectively).

For the full list of foods consumed see Victoria Table 3.1.

Discretionary food
  • People in Victoria obtained around one-third (35%) of their daily energy from 'discretionary foods'. This was the same as the Australian average (35%).
  • Adults (aged 19 years and over) in Victoria obtained 34% 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’ (9.4%), ‘alcoholic beverages’ (5.1%) and ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (3.2%).
  • Children (aged 2-18 years) in Victoria obtained 38% 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’ (13.4%) followed by ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (4.5%) and ‘confectionary’ (3.6%).
For more information see Victoria Table 5.1.

ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS

Energy
  • The average energy intake for people aged 19 years and over from Victoria was similar to the national average for both males (10,070kJ compared with 9,954kJ) and females (7,334kJ 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 Victorians (similar to all Australians), supplying 46% 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 Victoria. 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 Victoria Table 1.1 and Victoria Table 2.1.

Selected macro and micro nutrients
  • Over one-third of all men (35%) and one out of four women (25%) in Victoria consumed alcohol on the day before interview (see Victoria Table 3.1 for more information).
  • In 2011-12, the average daily consumption of calcium for women aged 19 years and over in Victoria was 736mg. 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 Victoria Table 1.1 for more information.
  • Both boys (aged 2-18 years) and adult males in Victoria had an average intake of salt (2,717mg and 2,936mg respectively) that exceeded the adult upper level of intake of 2,300mg. See Victoria Table 1.1 for more information.

FOOD AVOIDANCE
  • In 2011-12, 17% of Victorians aged two years or over reported avoiding particular foods due to allergy or intolerance.
  • In Victoria 8.5% of people avoided particular foods for cultural, religious or ethical reasons.
See Victoria Table 6.1 for more information.

FOOD SECURITY

Around 3.7% of people were living in a household in Victoria that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more and 1% went without food when they couldn’t afford to buy any more. See Victoria 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).