What should I be eating?

Here you will find plenty of information to help you eat well for good health including some helpful tips on increasing the amount of healthy food you eat daily.

Find out more about what you should be eating on the eatforhealth.gov.au website.

Health Risks

Measure your waistYour lifestyle can have a major impact on your health and wellbeing. Unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity can easily lead to an increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as some cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

In 2007-08, approximately 61% of Australian adults were overweight or obese 1.

A waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men or 80cm for women is an indicator of the level of internal fat deposits which coat the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas, and increase the risk of chronic disease.


Overweight: Overweight is defined as having a body weight greater than is desirable for good health and is indicated by a body mass index (BMI) between 25 to 29.9 kg/m2.

Obesity: Obesity is defined as an excess of total body fat and is indicated by a BMI of ≥30 kg/m2.

Waist measurement: A measure of a person’s waist circumference. The correct position to measure waist circumference is at the horizontal position halfway between the lowest rib and the top of the hipbone. This position is roughly in-line with the belly button.