Statistics and Indicators

Meals together - children


    Meals together in the past week, 5-17 years, ACT General Health Survey, 2020


    In 2020, the majority of respondents to the ACT General Health Survey aged 5-17 years reported that during the past week, all family members living in the household ate a meal together every day (60.3%).

    Respondents who reported that they live alone were excluded from analysis.

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Responses for children aged 5-15 years were provided by the parent/carer who knows the most about the child's health. Persons includes male, female, other and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    The estimate for males has a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution.

    The following estimates have not been published due to small numbers:

    • Female respondents who reported eating together 0 times and 1-3 times in the last week

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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