June 13, 2008

Feeding frenzy

Chubby little Aussies (well, the whole frightfully fat thing is infectious, apparently, and we probably caught it from America) are feeding themselves less than they feed their gambling habits.

Yes, oddly enough, despite our girth - and despite our by sea girt - Australians spent $91.5 M on food in the last financial year and $148 M on gambling.

That translates to an average of $4350 per person on food and an average of $9491 per person on gambling.


Oops: that should have read "billions" folks, not millions. Gambling might be around $7200K per year, but some sources are quoting higher, perhaps factoring out children under five years, on an assumption they don't yet gamble. I'm just shooting in the dark there, don't quote me, don't call the ABS.


  1. Anonymous12:40 AM

    I think the figures might be a little wrong, Caz. $148 million on gambling divided by 20 million people is about $7.40 each. $91.5 million on food divided by 20 million people is about $4.60 each.

    My guess - and it's only a guess - is that the gambling figure is a bit low (a lotto ticket would set you back about $7 a week) and the food figure is way, way low - you'd spend $4 a day on food easily, probably on lunch alone!

  2. Not me....I betchya.

  3. Arrrhhhh, that should be BILLIONS.

    My error.

    And yes, the gambling figure is slightly lower - see here - http://tinyurl.com/5rjw8p.

    Father - don't know if we spend more on alcohol than food or gambling ...

  4. I'd bet those figures are a bit cooked...