Australian Lifestyles, Past And Present

In modern days, we may not drink as much but we are heavier and size of our plate and bust increased. So how about our lifestyle? Have it changed a lot over those years?

Alcohol Consumption Has Decreased
Annual Consumption Of Alcohol Per Person

1974: 13.1 litres
Present: 10.4 litres

Although, we’re not drinking as much as we did in the 1970s, we are consuming more alcohol now than we did in the 1990s. The Australian Bureau of Statistics proved that. Amount of alcohol per person consumed reduced from 13.1 litres in 1974 to 9.8 litres in 1995 which is the lowest since the record started to be taken. After that, consumption level has been increasing steadily and reached 10.4 litres in 2009. Total alcohol consumption has gone up in the last half century, because our population grew. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that sum of alcohol consumption in Australia has increased from 68 million litres between 1960 and 1961, to 183 million litres between 2008 and 2009.

Women’s Weight Has Increased

1983: 63.4kg.
Present: 67.7kg.

According to a record by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005, Australians have gradually been increasing their weight. Compared to 1990, the average weight of men in 2005 increased by 6.2kg to 83.6kg, and the weight of women increased by 5.1kg to 67.7kg. These increases are not consistent with increase in height. Therefore our collective body mass index also increased. The mean BMI for male was 25.5, and 24.3 for female in 1983. According to a record by Cancer Council of Victoria study, the figure increased to 27 for male and 26 for female by 2008. And this is not the end of bad news. According to the record by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005, the ratio of overweight or obese people were 54 per cent of the population, which was 9 % increase form an increase of 1995.

Women’s Size Have Increased

1926: bust 87.5cm, waist 73cm and hips 97.5cm.
Present: bust 92cm, waist 74cm and hips 99cm.

As we have been increasing our weight, it’s understandable that our clothing sizes have been getting bigger as well. A Berlei study in 1926 recorded the average size of a woman aged between 25 to 39 as bust 87.5cm, waist 73cm and hips 97.5cm. It was a standard size in the fashion industry for many years. The most recent survey was conducted by Sharp Dummies in 2004. The purpose was to making mannequins. The average sizes were bust 92cm, waist 74cm and hips 99cm. only other records on womenís size was the results by survey of Women’s Weekly readers in 1969.

Dinner Plate Sizes Have Increased

1970s: 25cm diameter.
Present: Between 29.5cm and 31cm diameter.

Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food And Brand Lab claims the average size of dinner plate in the US has gone up 36 % since the 1960s. Although Australian plate sizes have not gone up in such a dramatic scale, still the US products have been influencing ours, claims Sam Gordon from Robert Gordon Australia, a ceramics producing company established in 1979. The average size of the plate was 25cm diameter in 1970s, while modern dinner plates by Robert Gordon for the hospitality industry is between 29.5cm and 31cm. These changings of plate sizes could affect our idea of food portions, which could directly put impact on our increasing weight, a Canadian study claims.