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Socio-demographic determinants of diet quality in Australian adults

11 / 04 / 17

This study by a group from the Charles Perkins Centre of University of Sydney was designed to determine the socio-demographics of Australian adults with poor diet quality. Diet quality of adult participants of the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was assessed using the validated 11-component Healthy Eating Index for Australians (HEIFA-2013).

The mean HEIFA-2013 score was 45.5 out of 100 due to low intakes of vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy and unsaturated fat, and high intakes of added sugar, sodium and discretionary foods. Lower scores were found for males, young adults, obese, smokers, low socio-economic status (SES) and those born in Australia. The authors concluded overall diet quality in Australia is poor and targeted interventions are required for young adults, men, the obese and low SES groups.

 

Reference: Grech A, Sui Z, Sui HY, Zheng M et al. Socio-demographic determinants of diet quality in Australian adults using the validated healthy eating index for Australian adults (HEIFA-2013). Healthcare 2017;5(7)