According to the new Australian Dietary Guidelines released today for public consultation poor nutrition is responsible for around 16% of the total burden of disease and is implicated in more than 56% of all deaths in Australia.
The most recent available estimates for the total cost of poor nutrition were more than $5 billion per year, based on 1990 costings. Given that the cost of obesity alone was estimated to be $8.283 billion per year in 2008, the current cost of poor nutrition in Australia is now likely to greatly exceed the 1990 estimates.
Most of the burden of disease due to poor nutrition in Australia is associated with excessive intake of energy-dense and relatively nutrient-poor foods high in energy (kilojoules), saturated fat, added or refined sugars or salt, and/or inadequate intake of nutrient-dense foods, including vegetables, fruit and wholegrain cereals. Deficiency in some nutrients such as iodine, folate, iron and vitamin D is also of concern for some Australians.
Overconsumption of some foods and drinks, leading to excess energy intake and consequent overweight and obesity, is now a key public health problem for Australia. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased dramatically in Australia over the past 30 years and is now 62% in adults and around 25% in children and adolescents.
These Guidelines summarise the evidence underlying food, diet and health relationships that improve public health outcomes.The Australian Dietary Guidelines have been released today for public consultation. There are five guidelines.
Click here to read.Australian Dietary Guidelines
Get the guide here:
NHMRC – Australian Guide to Healthy Eating