Evaluation of fruit and vegetable intakes of Australian adults: the nutrition survey 1995
Magarey, Anthea, McKean, Sally, & Daniels, Lynne (2006) Evaluation of fruit and vegetable intakes of Australian adults: the nutrition survey 1995. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30(1), pp. 32-37.
Objective: To evaluate the fruit and
vegetable intakes of Australian adults aged
Methods: Intake data were collected as
part of the National Nutrition Survey 1995
representing all Australian States and
Territories, including city, metropolitan, rural
and remote areas. Dietary intake of 8,891
19-to-64 year-olds was assessed using a
structured 24-hour recall. Intake frequency
was assessed as the proportion of
participants consuming fruit and vegetables
on the day prior to interview and variety
was assessed as the number of subgroups
of fruit and vegetables consumed. Intake
levels were compared with the
recommendations of the Australian Guide
to Healthy Eating (AGHE).
Results: Sixty-two per cent of participants
consumed some fruit and 89% consumed
some vegetables on the day surveyed.
Males were less likely to consume fruit and
younger adults less likely to consume fruit
and vegetables compared with females and
older adults respectively. Variety was
primarily low (1 subcategory) for fruit and
medium (3-4 subcategories) for vegetables.
Thirty-two per cent of adults consumed the
minimum two serves of fruit and 30%
consumed the minimum five serves of
vegetables as recommended by the AGHE.
Eleven per cent of adults met the minimum
recommendations for both fruit and
Conclusion: A large proportion of adults
have fruit and vegetable intakes below the
AGHE minimum recommendations.
Implications: A nationally integrated, longterm
campaign to increase fruit and
vegetable consumption, supported by
policy changes to address structural
barriers to consumption, is vital to improve
fruit and vegetable consumption among
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Deposited On:||30 Sep 2010 10:25|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:29|
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