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Characterizing dietary intakes in rural Australian adults: a systematic literature review


Alston, L and Walker, T and Kent, K, Characterizing dietary intakes in rural Australian adults: a systematic literature review, Nutrients, 12 Article 3515. ISSN 2072-6643 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/nu12113515


Rural Australians experience a higher burden of diet-related chronic disease than their metropolitan counterparts. Dietary intake data is needed to understand priorities for nutrition initiatives that reduce disparities in the health of rural Australians. A systematic literature review aimed to synthesize the evidence on dietary intakes in adult populations residing in rural and remote Australia, to identify areas for intervention, and make recommendations for future research. A comprehensive search of five electronic databases was conducted and 22 articles were identified for inclusion. Half of the included studies (50%) collected dietary data using non-validated questionnaires and nearly half (41%) did not benchmark dietary intakes against public health guidelines. Most studies (95%) showed that rural populations have suboptimal dietary intakes. Despite the high level of preventable diet-related disease in rural and remote Australia, this review identified that there is insufficient high-quality dietary data available and a lack of consistency between dietary outcomes collected in research to inform priority areas for intervention. Further cross-sectional or longitudinal data should be collected across all remoteness areas, using robust, validated dietary assessment tools to adequately inform nutrition priorities and policies that reduce rural health disparities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural, community, dietary assessment, nutrition
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rural clinical health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)
ID Code:141743
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2020-11-16
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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