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Current figures of people living within the Doutta Galla catchment show poorer nutrition in men compared with women. The City of Moonee Valley has slightly better fruit and vegetable intake than the City of Melbourne, and more people are at risk of short-term harm from alcohol consumption in the City of Melbourne compared with the City of Moonee Valley.
The number of overweight or obese people in the City of Melbourne is 34.7%, compared with 45% in the City of Moonee Valley, both lower figures than Victoria of 48.6%.
People who do not meet the fruit and vegetable dietary guidelines in the City of Melbourne is 42.7% compared with 41% in the City of Moonee Valley, both lower than figures for Victoria of 48.2%.
Those at risk of short-term harm from alcohol consumption is 10% in the City of Melbourne, which is the similar to the figures for Victoria, but higher than the figures for the City of Moonee Valley of 7.7%.
The major causes of death, illness and disability in which diet and nutrition play an important role include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, some forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, dental caries, gall bladder disease and dementia.