Aussie parents fail kids' health test
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.