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Victorians deem healthy eating "too difficult"

27 June 2012 - 5:25pm
Written by: 
Edward Brewer

New research released by the Victorian state government has revealed residents have some mixed attitudes towards healthy eating and physical exercise.

Unveiled by health minister David Davis yesterday (June 26), the market research study evaluated almost 4,400 Victorians to provide an extensive insight into the health behaviour of adults across the state.

One of the key findings was the belief that while most people feel well-educated about healthy lifestyles, they are largely unwilling to make it a priority, deeming it "hard work", "too difficult" or "not possible".

According to Mr Davis, the research revealed some surprising results - all of which will be used to target future government initiatives.

"Also affecting attitudes towards healthy lifestyles was anxiety and uncertainty in the world, with the economy and other fears leading people to focus on 'living for now' rather than on preventing the onset of ill health," he said.

Victorians wishing to learn more about making changes to their lifestyle may benefit from accessing advice and information from dietitians and lifestyle experts through the wellbeing programs offered by some private health insurance providers.

The research also found that Victorians are ready for a new approach to their health and lifestyle, and those who had already made changes to their diet and exercise tended to have short-term tangible goals.