WOMEN FAILING TO EAT WELL
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.