Dietitians: bit of fat in your golden years is good

THE Dietitians Association of Australia says it is better to be a bit fatter when you are older.

DAA's Ngaire Hobbins, a dietitian who specialises in the care of older Australians, said being active and eating well were the keys to success.

She added those with a bit of extra padding fared best as they moved into later life.

Her comments came as it was revealed Australians spent more than $7.16 billion on fast food meals every year, which equated to 3.3 million meals daily.

In 2013, Australians purchased 1.2 billion fast food meals including meat burgers, prepared meals and hot chips.

The Heart Foundation is encouraging more people to cook at home as a way to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Research involving more than 1300 people showed people who prepared food at home were more likely to eat smaller portions and take in less fat, salt and sugar.

It found those who spent the most time preparing and cooking meals ate more fruits and vegetables and spent less money on food away from home.

"Given more than nine in 10 Australians don't eat the recommended five serves of vegetables a day, and 63% of adults are overweight or obese, and that number is rising, this is important research," DAA spokeswoman Clare Collins said.


Topics:  diet health senior weight

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