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Around one in thirty people aged two years and over (1% of males and 4% of females) had a usual intake of phosphorus below their requirements. Children aged 9-18 years have the highest requirements for phosphorus at nearly double that of adults, and this age group had the highest proportions with inadequate intakes. Nearly one in three females aged 9-18 years had inadequate intakes of phosphorus (28% of those aged 9-13 years and 30% of those aged 14-18 years). Females aged 2-18 years were three times as likely as males of the same age to not meet their requirements (17% compared with 5%).
Less than 5% of the population exceeded the UL for phosphorus.
1 National Health and Medical Research Council and New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2006, Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, <https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/phosphorus>, last accessed 4/2/2015
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12, 'Table 10: Proportion of Nutrients from food groups', data cube: Excel spreadsheet, cat. no. 4364.0.55.007
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