The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends adults eat:

  • at least two serves of fruit, and
  • five serves of vegetables (women) or five to six serves of vegetables (for men depending on their age).

The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends adolescents and children eat between 1-2 serves of fruit and between 2.5-5.5 serves of vegetables, depending on their age and sex.

Results from the 2007-2014 ACT General Health Survey (ACTGHS) found that:

  • Both children and adults ate more fruit than vegetables.
  • 68% of children and 53% of adults ate the recommended serves of fruit per day.
  • Only 5% of children and 10% of adults ate the recommended serves of vegetables per day.  
  • Younger children ate more fruit than older children.
  • Older adults ate more fruit than younger adults.
  • Adult females were more likely to eat the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables than adult males.
  • In addition, adults were more aware of the dietary guidelines for fruit (79%) than for vegetables (34%).



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