Herald Sun - - NEWS - WENDY TUOHY

TWO in three women don’t eat enough healthy foods and 40 per cent say time is a bar­rier to eating well.

A Women’s Health Vic­to­ria report, Serv­ing Up In­equal­ity, found less than 30 per cent of women ate the re­quired amount of fruit, veg­eta­bles, legumes and fish.

The report found they were ex­pected to carry “the role of fam­ily food gate­keeper” and be health con­sci­en­tious but they were too busy car­ing for others to eat prop­erly them­selves.

Women’s Health Vic­to­ria ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rita Butera said the cost of fresh food, as well as time pres­sure, af­fected women’s health.

“In sit­u­a­tions where there’s fi­nan­cial stress, and women are care­tak­ers, it’s un­der­stood they are more likely to go without so their fam­ily goes with,” she said.

The report found the lack of healthy food af­fected phys­i­cal health and con­trib­uted to high rates of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

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