Australian Dietary Guidelines – Incorporating the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

National Health and Medical Research Council

Preface Extract

Never in our nation’s history have Australians had such a wide variety of dietary options. Yet the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes in our population is evidence of the need for Australians to improve their health by making better dietary decisions.

There are many ways for Australians to choose foods that promote their health and wellbeing while reducing their risk of chronic disease. NHMRC‘s Australian Dietary Guidelines provide recommendations for healthy eating that are realistic, practical, and – most importantly – based on the best available scientific evidence.

These Guidelines are an evolution of the 2003 Dietary Guidelines, integrating updates of the Dietary Guidelines for Older Australians (1999), the Dietary Guidelines for Adults (2003) and the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia (2003). They also include an update of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (1998).

Providing the recommendations and the evidence that underpins them in a single volume, the Guidelines will help health professionals, policy makers and the Australian public cut through the background noise of ubiquitous dietary advice that is often based on scant scientific evidence. They form a bridge between research and evidence based advice to address the major health challenge of improving Australians’ eating patterns.

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