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Aussies eat too much junk, not enough veggies, study finds



Aussies are not eating enough vegetables, a study has found.

More than 235,000 adults were involved in the study by the CSIRO between 2015 and 2023, which found that only four out of every 10 adults eat a variety of vegetables with their main meal.

The average Aussie had a diet score of 55 out of 100, meaning we barely pass the mark for healthy eating habits as a collective. 

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"The score is a stark reminder of the work that needs to be done to improve our eating habits and reduce the national waistline," CSIRO Research Scientist and co-author of the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score Gilly Hendrie said.

The scale works by scoring the average eating habits of Australians out of 100, with 100 being the highest, healthiest score, and 0 being the lowest, unhealthiest score.

Junk food was the worst scoring category across all ages and genders, with the average Australian eating 28 serves per week.

Takeaway foods, alcohol, sweets and cake were the biggest contributors to an unhealthy diet, the study found.

Construction workers had some of the worst diets, scoring 51 out of 100 on the healthy eating scale. Retired Australians and fitness-based workers reported the healthiest diets, scoring 59 out of 100.

Aussies scored the highest when it came to drinks, with a 93 out of 100, as most people chose to drink water over energy drinks or soft drinks, the study also found.

Women reported a higher vegetable intake than men, scoring 62 out of 100 compared to 54 out of 100.

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Experts say while the results are concerning, there is an easy fix.

"The good news is that a healthy diet can be achieved with some simple changes," Hendrie said.

"The things to keep in mind is reduce, increase and add variety."

"In other words, reduce the amount of discretionary (junk) foods being consumed, increase healthy foods including fruit and dairy and alternatives, and aim for variety by eating three or more different types of vegetables with your main meal."

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