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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 2 years and over consumed an estimated average of 2.96 kilograms of food and beverages per day, made up of a wide variety of foods across the major food groups (see Table 5.1). A majority of respondents in the NATSINPAS reported consuming Cereals and cereal products (87%), Milk products and dishes (83%), Meat, poultry and game products and dishes (76%), Vegetable products and dishes (65%) and Cereal based products and dishes (62%) (see Table 4.1 and Table 4.3).
Was there a difference by remoteness?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in non-remote areas were more likely than those in remote areas to consume:
§ Fruit products and dishes (49% compared with 35%)
§ Soft drinks, and flavoured mineral waters (39% compared with 32%)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in non-remote areas were less likely than those in remote areas to consume:
§ Cereals and cereal products (86% compared with 91%)
§ Meat, poultry and game products and dishes (74% compared with 81%)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more likely than non-Indigenous people to consume:
§ Meat, poultry and game products and dishes (76% compared with 69%)
§ Fats and oils (56% compared with 46%)
§ Snack foods (20% compared with 15%)
§ Vegetable products and dishes (65% compared with 75%)
§ Cereal based products and dishes (62% compared with 72%)
§ Alcoholic beverages (19% compared with 32%)
§ Confectionery and cereal/nut/fruit/seed bars (25% compared with 32%)
Footnote(s): (a) Most commonly consumed major food groups on the day prior to interview. See Appendix 1 for examples of food in major food groups.
Source(s): Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Nutrition Results – Foods and Nutrients, 2012-13
Statistics presented in this publication on foods consumed include:
§ the proportion of a population consuming food from a food group
§ the average (mean) amount consumed by a population (including non-consumers)
§ the median amount consumed by a population (excluding non-consumers).
Care should be taken when interpreting food and beverage consumption in this publication. Analysis of the 2012-13 NATSINPAS suggests that, like in other nutrition surveys, there has been some under-reporting of food intake by participants in this survey. Given the association of under-reporting with overweight/obesity and consciousness of socially acceptable/desirable dietary patterns, under-reporting is unlikely to affect all foods and nutrients equally. For more information on under-reporting in this survey, see the Under-reporting section of this publication and the Users’ Guide.
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