The Australian Institute for Health and a Welfare (AIHW) says we’re being inundated with too many food and drink.
But is it all about the food?
A new survey by AIHW and the National Institute for Food Research (NIFR) has found that we’re not.
It shows that more Australians are not hungry, but not enough.
More than half of Australians say they are getting enough food and some are eating more than they think they should.
The average per person in Australia eats an average of two meals a day and the NIFR has said there are more than half a million Australians living in households where one or more members are overweight or obese.
The survey also found that many of us don’t realise how much we’re eating.
A quarter of Australians think we are getting too much food in our diet, and another 24 per cent think we’re getting too little.
And when asked to choose between food and exercise, one in five Australians are still eating less than they should, while one in four are not.
The NIFr also found one in six Australians have at least one chronic illness and one in seven have heart disease or diabetes.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows more than two million Australians are currently living with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
The ABC contacted the Nifr for a comment.
The AIHw has a national survey of over 2,000 Australians each year.
But the NIBR said the survey was based on a representative sample of more than 20,000 respondents.
It said the NIOs report was a representative sampling of Australians aged between 16 and 64.
The results are based on telephone interviews conducted from March 26 to April 6, 2018, and the survey is considered accurate within plus or minus 1.8 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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