Is your diet deadly?

How does your diet compare to the rest of Australia? The findings of the nation’s largest-ever diet survey, released last Monday, reveal that most Australian’s diets are even worse than expected.

The 2016 Healthy Diet Score (the biggest diet survey in Australia’s history)  by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) surveyed 86,500 adults and found that one-third eats or drinks above the recommended amount of alcohol, cake, biscuits, sugary drinks and other confectionaries.

And the worst offenders? Tradies and construction workers were found to have the worst diets among all occupations. In comparison, health industry workers, real estate agents and public servants have the healthiest diets overall.

In August 2015, the nation’s diet ranked 61 out of 100 around the world. This year, that rank fell to 59, leading CSIRO health scientists to suggest that the country’s diet is getting worse than expected.

However, Manny Noakes, CSIRO Research Director and co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, says our disastrous diets can be corrected.

“If we can raise our collective score by just over 10 points, we help Australia mitigate the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers,” he says.

Mr Noakes’ suggests, “All people need to do is halve the bad and double the good.”

Easy as that.

It was recently suggested that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest in the world, with some researching showing it can actually help improve memory and slow down cognitive decline.

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