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Relationship between Body Mass Index, Diet Quality, Physical activity and Health Service Utilisation; An Updated analysis


This project is about evaluating whether healthy eating is associated with reduced health care costs. So far we have shown consuming a greater variety of vegetables to be predictive of lower 10-year cumulative Medicare Charges, Benefit, Gap and fewer Claims. We wish to check whether this relationship is strengthening over time, or not and to describe the relationship for those who improve their diet quality (or worsen) over time. This research may help to identify appropriate dietary targets associated with reduced health care costs. Further evaluations in other studies are needed so that modelling of potential future cost savings can be conducted. The results will inform a policy brief related to diet quality and healthcare costs over time.