People across Australia are failing to lead the diet they need to stay fit and healthy, new research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.
The latest report from the group shows that foods high in sugar and fat are featuring too heavily in people's diets – for which there could be a number of reasons.
Spokesperson Lisa McGlynn offered some explanation: "The cost of healthy food is increasing at a faster rate than the cost of less healthy food, particularly in remote areas, where a healthy basket of food can cost up to 30 per cent more than in capital cities."
Taking out private health cover could be just what Australians need to improve their wellbeing, as many insurers offer programs to help people address their healthy lifestyles.
AIHW figures show that 90 per cent of people over the age of 16 do not eat the recommended five servings of vegetables per day, while adolescent girls are failing to eat enough dairy foods.
Meanwhile, 25 per cent of men and ten per cent of women are not factoring enough proteins into their diets, while it is estimated that a poor diet costs the economy $5 billion each year.