Journal article

Ultra-processed food consumption and obesity in the Australian adult population

Priscila Pereira Machado, Euridice Martinez Steele, Renata Bertazzi Levy, Maria Laura da Costa Louzada, Anna Rangan, Julie Woods, Timothy Gill, Gyorgy Scrinis, Carlos Augusto Monteiro

Nutrition & Diabetes | SPRINGERNATURE | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Rapid simultaneous increases in ultra-processed food sales and obesity prevalence have been observed worldwide, including in Australia. Consumption of ultra-processed foods by the Australian population was previously shown to be systematically associated with increased risk of intakes of nutrients outside levels recommended for the prevention of obesity. This study aims to explore the association between ultra-processed food consumption and obesity among the Australian adult population and stratifying by age group, sex and physical activity level. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of anthropometric and dietary data from 7411 Australians aged ≥20 years from the National Nutritio..

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Awarded by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work is part of the PhD thesis (2019) of P.P.M. at the Graduate Program in Nutrition in Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. This work was supported by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), grant #2015/14900-9, grant #2016/13168-5 and grant #2017/24601-4 (P.P.M. was a beneficiary of a doctoral scholarship and of a Research Internships Abroad fellowship). FAPESP had no role in the design, analysis or writing of this manuscript.