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Do you think you are healthy? Check yourself

Exclusively: Australia is struggling with people's energy crisis, and new data indicate that burnout has become # 1 health problem for men and women nationwide.

Experts blame work and lifestyle for the new trend, which is reflected in the growing number of people desperately wanting to feel better.

Studies show that "feeling better and having more energy" is the main reason Australians want to change their diet – more than weight loss, well-being or medical advice.

It is surprising that a lack of energy is a common topic in all age groups, sexes and states, although women feel this worse than men (82% of women compared with 67% of men).

More than 1,500 Australians over the age of 18 have been asked to choose the biggest cause of good nutrition as part of the groundbreaking Taste study, Recipe for Health.

Energy is both a major determinant of healthy eating and a major health benefit that Australians expect from food, which is 71% nationwide.

Healthy eating is the key to getting more energy. Photo: Thinkstock

Healthy eating is the key to getting more energy. Photo: Thinkstock

"Weight loss" at 65 percent, "overall health" at 62 percent, "protecting my health" at 56 percent, and "changing my physical appearance" at 38 percent.

Australians in all age groups assess energy as the most important reason for healthy eating, people aged 18-54 mention it in 74-77% of cases, and people over 55 years of age need it most (81%).

And it's the same in every state, although South Australians feel it the most, and Tasmanians least (SA, 69 percent; ACT: 68 percent; QLD, 65 percent; NSW, 64 percent; VIC + NT, 63 percent; TAS, 57 percent).

Experts warned yesterday that the decrease in fuel consumption was due to our lifestyle and diet, but said it could be fixed – and called on Australians to take a simple online test as a first step to change it.

By completing the annual Great Aussie Eating Survey at, you can get a general snapshot of our habits.

Everyone who finishes it will receive a free seven-day meal plan to increase energy levels along with a personalized health result and health summary.

GET TO KNOW YOUR RESULT AND PLAN: A great survey about food in Australia

Dr Ginni Mansberg says Australians work far too much. Photo: AAP

Dr Ginni Mansberg says Australians work far too much. Photo: AAP

GP Ginni Mansberg, author Why am I so tired?, said Australians running out of fuel because they work too much.

"We know that Australians work the longest in the OECD, and especially for women we do the vast majority of work at home … while we often still bear the burden of paying 50% of the mortgage and full-time bills.

"The number of hours we devote to work has several influences; one of them speeds up stress; two, we eat to sleep; and three … it affects our ability to shop, cook and prepare healthy and nutritious meals for our family – she said.

"So, while we love to go to Instagram and look at fantastic salads and vegetable offers, our ability to translate them into practical reality for our families is diminishing. We just don't have time. As a result, we lack energy. "

He advises you to devote time to planning meals that are easy and within your budget.

Leading obesity expert Dr. Nick Fuller from the University of Sydney and author of the book, Interval slimming, he said, weight problems also fueled the country's fatigue crisis.

"This is due to the fact that 77% of the population is struggling with their weight," said Dr. Fuller.

"Tiredness and energy, and everything associated with it, is often a consequence of carrying excessive weight and not caring for or prioritizing our health."


Healthy nutrition is for Sunshine Coast's mother Claudia Natasha "obvious" – but this has not always been the case.

32-year-old mother of two children ate a lot of bread, pasta and packaged food from the supermarket.

Everything changed after the birth of the first child.

Mrs. Natasha said motherhood, a lack of sleep, which inevitably goes hand in hand with parenthood, and career juggling affected her fuel reserves.

At the same time, she tested an organic diet to cure baby eczema and other allergies.

Claudia Natasha, 32 years old, from Sunshine Coast. Photo: News 360

Claudia Natasha, 32 years old, from Sunshine Coast. Photo: News 360

When the results began to show that the whole family joined and has not turned away since.

"I feel the greatest I've ever had," said Mrs. Natasha.

"I think it's obvious. Everyone says that switching to superorganic is very expensive, but it's not that big if you focus on fresh products. "

He spends 80 to 120 USD a week on organic fruit and vegetables compared to 60 USD that she would spend on fruit and vegetables from the supermarket.

But he emphasizes that "the benefits far outweigh the extra cost."

"Always buy in season, if you buy in season, you buy wisely," she said.

Five months ago, she also threw coffee and swore that it made her feel anxious.

"I can almost say that (coffee) fuels my anxiety," she said.

Ms. Natasha now works as a fitness instructor and runs the blog The Maximalist, promoting a healthy lifestyle.

She urged Australians to join the Great Aussie Nutrition Survey and reverse their health.

"Knowledge about your health is always the first step to make positive changes in life," she said.

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