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Australian women are falling behind when it comes to regular exercise and eating the right amount of vegies, according to a long-term study.

About 44 per cent of women aged between 34 and 39 years get the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, a decline in activity in this age group since the last survey in 2009.

University of Queensland Professor Wendy Brown said most women were also failing to eat five servings of vegetables a day.

Less than one per cent of women aged 35-39, only 2 per cent of women aged 61-66 years and 8 per cent of women aged 86-91 years are eating the recommended amount, she said.

Almost half of all the women surveyed were considered overweight or obese.

Women aged between 34 and 39 years gained the most weight with 45 per cent of the group now overweight or obese, up from 40 per cent in 2009.

The data was drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a government-funded longitudinal population-based survey.

The West Australian

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