Nearly four in five Australians eat too much junk food EVERY DAY

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Nearly four in five Australians eat too much junk food EVERY DAY – here’s how to test if you’re eating too much

  • CSIRO wants people to change their approach to eating ‘discretionary items’
  • They analyzed data from a survey of more than 230,000 Australian adults
  • It found that nearly 80 percent of them consume too many ‘discretionary foods’
  • Top were alcohol, cakes and biscuits, sweet drinks and cakes and pastries

According to CSIRO research, nearly four in five Australians eat too much junk food every day.

The national agency wants people to change their approach to eating ‘discretionary items’ and has released a free one online junk food analyzer help out.

“Discretionary or junk food is the number one issue of Australian diets today,” said CSIRO researcher Dr. Gilly Hendrie.

According to CSIRO research, nearly four in five Australians eat too much junk food every day.

According to CSIRO research, nearly four in five Australians eat too much junk food every day.

The national agency wants people to change their approach to eating 'discretionary items' and has released a free online junk food analyzer to help (stock image)

The national agency wants people to change their approach to eating 'discretionary items' and has released a free online junk food analyzer to help (stock image)

The national agency wants people to change their approach to eating ‘discretionary items’ and has released a free online junk food analyzer to help (stock image)

Excess consumption results in poor nutrition, high obesity rates and an even higher risk of lifestyle diseases, she added.

The CSIRO analyzed data from a survey of more than 230,000 Australian adults collected between 2015 and 2020.

It found that nearly 80 percent of them consume too many ‘free foods’ and that adults eat, on average, about twice as much as recommended by the national dietary guidelines.

As many as 5.1 servings are consumed every day, the equivalent of about 3,000 kilojoules, or 20 small chunky chocolate Easter eggs.

The main 'weaknesses' were alcohol (21 percent of free food intake), cakes and biscuits (19), sugar-sweetened drinks (12) and savory pies and pastries (nine) (stock image)

The main 'weaknesses' were alcohol (21 percent of free food intake), cakes and biscuits (19), sugar-sweetened drinks (12) and savory pies and pastries (nine) (stock image)

The main ‘weaknesses’ were alcohol (21 percent of free food intake), cakes and biscuits (19), sugar-sweetened drinks (12) and savory pies and pastries (nine) (stock image)

The main ‘weaknesses’ were alcohol (21 percent of free food intake), cakes and cookies (19), sugar-sweetened drinks (12) and savory pies and pastries (nine).

‘While these types of foods and drinks are often high in sugar, kilojoules and fat, they bring pleasure, which means that alternative methods should be explored to help people enjoy their favorite treats in the context of a healthy diet,’ said Dr. Hendrie.

A range of strategies to help people reduce kilojoule intake are being modeled in the Junk Food Analyzer, not just cutting food altogether, she added.

‘Consider, for example, the choice to cut alcohol, take a break from cakes and biscuits and halve the consumption of confectionery.’

Do you want to take the test? See junkfoodanaylser.com.au

As many as 5.1 servings are consumed every day, the equivalent of about 3,000 kilojoules, or 20 small chunky chocolate Easter eggs (stock image)

As many as 5.1 servings are consumed every day, the equivalent of about 3,000 kilojoules, or 20 small chunky chocolate Easter eggs (stock image)

As many as 5.1 servings are consumed every day, the equivalent of about 3,000 kilojoules, or 20 small chunky chocolate Easter eggs (stock image)

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