If you have ever doubted that obesity is a serious problem in Australia, a simple google search should dispel it. For the record, a search using the words obesity and Australia throws up about 769,000 search results. If, after that, there still remain any residual doubts, here is a statistic that leaves absolutely no scope for even a second thought: 11.2 million Australian adults are estimated to have a body mass index (BMI) exceeding 25. In simple words, nearly two out of every three Australian adults can be classified as obese.
One of the leading contributors to the obesity epidemic in this country is unhealthy eating. In a way, that could be viewed as a blessing in disguise, since one important component of the battle against the bulge, if you may, is the food that we take in. In fact, one of the most heartening developments in recent times has been the increasing levels of awareness about the need for a good and balanced diet.
Consequent to the rising levels of awareness, here are three trends to look out for over the next few years.
- Eating Local: Going locavore- the term used to describe people who only eat locally grown produce- can help immensely in combating the scourge of obesity. The shorter the distance from plough to plate, the greater the amount of nutrition the food retains. The findings of, a recent study suggest that the incidence of diseases like diabetes and obesity is lower among people consuming predominantly locally produced food.
One added advantage of going local with your food is that you have no choice but to eat what’s in season, which naturally translates to greater variety in your diet.
- Veganism: there was a time when the mere fact of being vegans marked out the likes of Peter Siddle or Jason Gillespie, their sporting stardom notwithstanding. That is no longer the case. Australia is now the third fastest growing vegan market in the world and Melbourne is well on the way to becoming the world’s vegan capital. In fact, veganism has spread to the point where most high end restaurants in Australia now make it a point to include a significant vegan component in the menu.
To be sure, veganism offers a host of benefits, apart from just good health. With millions of people across the world reeling under the impact of global warming, the environmental impact of consuming meat is increasingly driving people towards veganism. So do not be surprised to find a revamped menu in your favourite seafood restaurant with a whole new set of vegan options.
- Sustainability: In the context of food, the term sustainability brings in a lot of factors it its ambit, sustainable agriculture being just one of them. Consumers increasingly look to ensure that the food they eat is cruelty free, has a low environmental footprint and also promotes small entrepreneurs and local communities.
Given the fact that food items like beef have an even greater impact on the environment than cars, it is more than likely that the number of people abstaining from consuming such foods will only increase in the years to come.
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