Between 2011 and 2015, the proportion of Australian adults reporting they are lactose intolerant has risen from 2.8% to 4.0%. Amounting to just over 240,000 additional sufferers, this may not seem like much, but what makes it noteworthy is the fact that the increase is almost entirely driven by women.
In the 12 months to September 2015, 1.7% of Australian men 18+ reported being lactose intolerant, a figure which has remained relatively stable over the last few years, growing by just 3,000 men nationwide. In contrast, 6.2% of Aussie women 18+ (576,000) say they are lactose intolerant, up from 3.8%/337,000 in the 12 months to September 2011.
Women aged between 25 and 34 have the nation’s highest incidence of lactose intolerance (8.2%), followed by women from the 35-49 age bracket (6.9%). Among men, those aged 35-49 years and 25-34 years are most likely to be lactose intolerant, although at 2.2% and 1.8% respectively, they appear to be dramatically less susceptible than women.
Lactose Intolerance comes complete with suite of symptoms and side effects, ranging from the unpleasant to the really serious. Compared with the average Australian, people who are lactose intolerant are:
- 72% more likely to have osteoporosis
- 158% more likely to experience nausea
- 183% more likely to get diarrhoea
- 212% more likely to be vitamin deficient and
- 421% more likely to suffer from digestive problems
Little wonder, then, that lactose-intolerant Aussies are 13% less likely than the average Australian to agree that ‘I’m feeling well and in good health’.
Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : February 16 2016 Finding No. 6673