4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13  
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COMPARISON WITH DIETARY GUIDELINES

Eating habits are associated with the risk of a range of health problems and influence health and wellbeing at all stages of life. The Australian Dietary Guidelines1 (ADG) provide information on the types and amounts of foods, food groups and dietary patterns to promote health and reduce the risk of diet-related conditions and chronic disease through obtaining adequate nutrient intakes.

The 2011-12 NNPAS data contains an additional ADG food classification database that can be used to compare against the ADG recommendations. The database includes the breakdown of each NNPAS food into the different ADG food components in terms of grams and serves. The development of the database was undertaken by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics. More information on the development of the ADG Classification System and Database Development can be found on 2011-13 AUSNUT website.

Information on whether Australians are eating enough of the ADG five major groups for good health from the 2011-12 NNPAS can be found in the publication: Australian Health Survey: Consumption of food groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011-12 – Australia (cat. no. 4364.0.55.012). This publication summarises the usual consumption of the five food groups, water and unsaturated fats and oils of people aged two years and over. It also presents the proportion of people not meeting the ADG on a ‘usual’ basis (based on adjusted intakes using both days of 24-hour dietary recall to remove within-person variability – see Usual Nutrient Intakes).

Additional data on whether Australians are eating enough nutrients for good health from the 2011-12 NNPAS can be found in the publication: Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011–12 — Australia (cat. no. 4364.0.55.008). It presents the proportion of people with inadequate ‘usual’ nutrient intakes.



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