Nutrition-related health problems

A poor diet contributes to diet-related chronic disorders such as overweight and obesity, malnutrition, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and chronic renal disease, tooth decay and their complications ref=5920 ref=5304. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than other Australians, yet these diseases are largely preventable ref=29647 ref=31982 ref=30742. Five of the seven leading risk factors that contribute to the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians – obesity, high blood cholesterol, alcohol, high blood pressure and low fruit and vegetable intake – relate to poor diet ref=33841.

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