As little as 8.7 per cent of adults meet the recommended five serves of vegetables per day, and only 37.3 per cent of children aged 0–16 years of age are eating the minimum recommendation for vegetable servings.
We are also eating too much fast food, and drinking too much soft drink. About 17.5 per cent of our adult population consume soft drink on a daily basis. This is higher than the state of Victoria at 12.4 per cent (VicHealth, 2011). Poor diets are causing many health problems for residents, including overweight and obesity, diabetes, and poor mental health and wellbeing. About 50.4 per cent of our adult population is overweight or obese (Department of Health, 2013).
In Cardinia Shire, the consumption of fast foods is the main risk factor leading to becoming overweight or obese (Department of Health 2012).