A new study released by the NSW Food Authority and NSW Health has found that, on average, nearly half of us expect to gain at least a few kilos this cold season. Among Aussie men, 53 per cent predict they’ll gain between two and five kilos, while 38 per cent of women expect their winter coat to fill out.
On top of this, the study also found that 90 per cent of Aussies eat more fast food and takeaway in the colder months because it makes them feel warmer and happier.
- 36 per cent of Aussies believe the main cause is exercising less on a weekly basis
- 25 per cent say the main cause is eating more junk food
- 26 per cent crave fast food and takeaway out of habit
- 44 per cent of Gen Ys expect to pudge up
- 33 per cent of Baby Boomers expect the kilo creep
NSW Food Authority chief scientist Dr Lisa Szabo said one of the fundamental reasons for our weight gain was that there remained a lack of understanding when it comes to nutritional information.
“Last year, only eight per cent of people surveyed knew that the [appropriate] average daily kilojoule intake is between 8000 and 9000 kilojoules. We’re already seeing an improvement in understanding this year, with 12 per cent of people indicating 8000-9000 kilojoules, but there’s still some way to go.”
To help tackle these findings, federal legislation will require more than 3000 fast food chain restaurants to display kilojoule values alongside their meal options. In addition, the NSW Food Authority and NSW Health have launched a new website, 8700.com.au, which you can use to find out your ideal daily kilojoule intake.