Research Updates | Obesity / Overweight
This Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) study aimed to identify dietary patterns associated with obesity and hypertension in adults from the Australian Health Survey (2011-13) data. They examined associations between dietary energy density (DED), fibre density and total sugar intake with obesity prevalence; and sodium to potassium ratio (N:K), saturated to polyunsaturated fat ratio (SAFA:PUFA) and fibre density with hypertension.
Obesity prevalence was inversely associated with low DED, high fibre and high sugar (natural sugars) diets and positively associated with low-fibre and high sugar (added sugars) diets. Hypertension prevalence was higher on low-fibre and high Na and SAFA diets.