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This document was added or updated on 26/03/2015.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eat less fruit and veg
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eat less fruit and vegetables than non-Indigenous people, according to a report released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Diets high in fruit and vegetables can help protect against chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ate 110 grams of fruit and 125 grams of vegetables a day," said Wendy Davis from the ABS. "This is 24 per cent less fruit (or half a small banana) and 20 per cent less vegetables (or half a carrot) than non-Indigenous people,
Other results from the survey showed one in eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reporting that they were on a diet. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dieters were more likely to be on a diet to control diabetes compared with non-Indigenous dieters, who were more likely to be on a low fat or cholesterol diet.
Further, in the previous 12 months, over one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were living in a household that had run out of food and had not been able to buy more, six times the number for non-Indigenous people.
More information is available in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Nutrition Results - Food and Nutrients (cat. no. 4727.0.55.005 ) available for free download from the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au
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