Research shows Australians are eating less fruit and vegetables and considerably more ‘bad’ foods.

Unhealthy foods are weighing up higher in our diets these days compared to the healthy alternatives we should be eating.

A new report shows that Australians are eating less fruit and vegetables than ever before, with under seven per cent of the population getting enough veggies daily and around 54 per cent consuming enough fruit.

This is about 30% less than we were consuming 15 years ago.

Since then, no other health survey has been conducted until now.

The survey released by The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that more than one-third of total daily energy intake was found in the ‘bad’ foods, including cakes, desserts, processed meats, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and ice-cream.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the trends were alarming.

“It’s quite concerning to see fruit and vegetables – an absolutely vital part of a healthy, balanced diet – being replaced by extra carbohydrates, sugar, salty and fatty foods,” she says.

It’s not news to us all that our country is getting fatter, but why isn’t the message getting through?

“In Queensland alone, obesity rates have doubled in the past 16 years. We have the highest rate of obesity nationally – 10 per cent higher than the Australian average, Katie says. 

“It’s crucial that Australians get the best possible education about health and nutrition, including physical activity advice to help them live well and experience better quality of life”.

It’s not just being overweight that can result from a poor diet, chronic diseases and other serious health issues can also arise from not feeing your body with enough healthy and fresh foods.

The latest health survey found that Australians consume an estimated three kilos of food and beverages daily.

It’s important that we as a nation become aware of what we’re consuming and make informed decisions about what we’re putting into our bodies which could potentially harm us in the long term.

Making a concious decision to lower our intake of unhealthy, fatty, salty foods and increase the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat is a start to changing the lifestyles Australians lead.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.