Aussie par­ents fail kids' health test

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS have been told to “take no­tice of the bleed­ing ob­vi­ous” and help their kids af­ter it was re­vealed that 99 per cent of Aus­tralian chil­dren are fail­ing to meet com­mon health bench­marks.

The shock­ing re­sults from a land­mark study re­veal just 0.5 per cent of chil­dren aged 5- 16 meet the six rec­om­men­da­tions cru­cial for safe­guard­ing health.

Th­ese mark­ers sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the risk of be­com­ing obese, strug­gling at school and de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes as adults or suf­fer­ing heart at­tacks, Univer­sity of Syd­ney’s Dr Louise Hardy, who led the re­search, said.

“The one task par­ents have is to bring our chil­dren up to be safe and healthy and this re­port high­lights that quite a few of us are fail­ing on that front,” NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard said yes­ter­day.

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