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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eat less fruit and veg


Published: 02 April 2015

Australian Bureau of Statistics, 20 March 2015
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eat less fruit and vegetables than non-Indigenous people, according to a report released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Diets high in fruit and vegetables can help protect against chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and some cancers. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ate 110 grams of fruit and 125 grams of vegetables a day," said Wendy Davis from the ABS. "This is 32 per cent less fruit (or half a small banana) and 25 per cent less vegetables (or half a carrot) than non-Indigenous people, "This adds up to nearly 25 kilograms less fruit and vegetables over a year."

See: www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/MediaRealesesByCatalogue/1F4D08771C05E546CA257E0D000ED77A

This Media release also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 02 April 2015

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