FACTS & FIGURES
  • In Australia and New Zealand, as much as 88% of health loss can be attributed to chronic, or non-communicable diseases, the vast majority of which are preventable.

 

  • A WFPB eating pattern centres on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and legumes. It is healthy and nutritionally adequate for all stages of life, and provides an abundance of antioxidants, phytonutrients, fibre, and numerous other health-promoting substances.

  • A WFPB diet is the only eating pattern that has been scientifically demonstrated to reverse atherosclerotic heart disease.

 

  • WFPB nutrition provides the opportunity to reduce the number of Australians experiencing an acute coronary event from 170 people a day to just 1 person a day. In New Zealand, just one person would die from heart disease every 9 days, saving well over 100 lives a week.

  • A WFPB eating pattern provides an opportunity for reversal of type 2 diabetes, demonstrating greater medication reductions and improvements in glycemic control than standard diets for type 2 diabetes.   
    It provides the best chance of avoiding long term complications, and increasing quality of life and life expectancy for all people with diabetes.

     

  • It has been estimated that anywhere from 4 to as many as 9 out of 10 cases of cancer are preventable, and healthy eating and maintaining a healthy body weight are two important actions to take for prevention.

  • If all Australians and New Zealanders simply adopted a WFPB eating pattern along with being physically active, at least 40,000 cancers would be prevented every year.

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  • Approximately 65% of adults and 30% of children are now considered overweight or obese in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Populations adopting a WFPB eating pattern in a community setting have demonstrated mean reductions of BMI by over 4 points at 1 year, without energy restriction.
     

  • A WFPB eating pattern emphasises consumption of grains, fruits, and vegetables which are all associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's Disease, and excludes meat, egg, and high-fat dairy consumption which increase risk.