Getting healthy hard to achieve

WIDESPREAD confusion about portion control and a focus on taste is driving Ipswich people to make unhealthy food choices, according to new research.

The Bupa 2012 Nutritional Survey found that while 97% of respondents wanted to be healthier, more than 75% did not choose food based on its nutritional value.

While most respondents said they had a good knowledge of nutrition, more than two thirds incorrectly answered questions about standard serving sizes for vegetables, meat and chicken.

Bupa chief medical officer Dr Paul Bates said the findings were underpinned by some strong misconceptions.

"While people want to be healthier, the results show far too many Australians either don't understand how to eat healthily, or doing so isn't a priority," Dr Bates said.

The research also found more than half of respondents have treats such as chocolate, cake and soft drink at least once a day.

Respondents cited lack of motivation as the most significant barrier to better health.

Cost, lack of time, demands at home, and demands at work were listed as other key barriers.



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