One of the biggest studies ever conducted with Australian women has found that they are not eating enough vegetables and are exercising less, with the study reporting that fewer women than ever are meeting healthy weight guidelines.
The report, Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the ALSWH, was launched by federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek at the new HMRI building in Newcastle yesterday (September 26).
Almost all women in the survey were considered overweight or obese, with the age group of those 34 to 39 years old gaining the most weight since the last survey.
One of the report's lead authors, University of Queensland's professor Wendy Brown, said the findings show how life changes impact physical activity.
"Most women are also failing to meet dietary guidelines, particularly around consuming five servings of vegetables a day," she said.
"Less than one per cent of women aged 35-39, only two per cent of women aged 61-66 years and eight per cent of women aged 86-91 years are eating the recommended amount."
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