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Health and body image are among a range of factors that can influence what and how people eat. Dieting may be one response to these particular concerns. Around one in eight (12%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reported that they were on a diet to lose weight or for some other health reason. Those aged 15-30 years were less likely to be on a diet than those in the older age groups (6.9% compared with 14% of 31-50 year olds and 18% of those 51 years and over). A similar proportion of males and females were on a diet (see Table 13.1).
Two thirds (66%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who reported being on a diet indicated they were on a diet to lose weight (including for health reasons as well as to lose weight), while the remainder were on a diet for other health reasons (34%).
Almost half (48%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a diet described the type of diet they were on as Weight loss / low calorie, with similar rates for male and female dieters.
Footnote(s): (a) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over currently on a diet.
Source(s): Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Nutrition Results – Foods and Nutrients, 2012-13
Was there a difference by remoteness?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over in non-remote areas were equally likely as those in remote areas to report being on a diet. However, half (50%) of the dieters in remote areas reported being on a diet for health reasons other than weight loss, compared with less than one third of the population in non-remote areas (31%) (see Table 13.1).
How does this compare with non-Indigenous people?
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