In colloquial English, what a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness, is called? if there are words which refer to just one or two aspects please mention them too.

(Looking for words/expressions that are used in Australian English mainly.)

  • Does such a word exist in your langage, have you used a bilingual dictionary?
    – James K
    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:19

2 Answers 2


In colloquial English, there's one expression that's frequently used. I can't guarantee that Australian English slang doesn't have a better or a more common one

health nut

  • It used to be that eating yogurt in itself qualified you as a health nut. Those days are long gone and yogurt is as un-weird as a glass of milk.

  • A health nut is someone who is enthusiastic about nutrition, tries to be on top of the most recent knowledge, BUT realizes that not everyone has the same enthusiasm or beliefs.

Here's a list of synonyms for health nut, which include the more formal “health conscious person” and the slightly derogative “gym rat”.


You could say that a person:

cares about themselves

Or to be more specific, a person practices:

healthy/healthful living

Healthy living is defined as:

With dramatically rising rates of overweight and obesity, “healthy living” needs to become a way of life for more Canadians. Making healthy food choices, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight are essential to good health, and key areas of focus for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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