Does your child struggle through one of the top ten health problems in Australia?

The RCH National Child Health poll ranks parents top 10 child health problems in Australia. And guest which is number one?

Excessive screen time has emerged as the top ‘big problem’ for the health of Australian children and teenagers.

The first Australian Child Health Poll reveals the top ten child health problems as reported by the Australian public.

The top ten child health problems as told by the Australian public are:

  1. Excessive screen time Obesity Not enough physical activity
  2. Unhealthy diet
  3. Bullying
  4. Illegal drug use
  5. Family and domestic violence
  6. Internet safety
  7. Child abuse and neglect
  8. Suicide
  9. Director of the poll, Dr Anthea Rhodes said modern day health problems such as those identified in the top ten are often easier to ignore than address.

These issues have become so engrained in our lives that they’re almost perceived as unsolvable problems. But we now know that the community considers them to be the biggest health problems for children and teenagers today

Some of the key findings show that:

Almost 60% of Australians say excessive screen time is a big health problem for Australian children and young people. Parents rate obesity more frequently as a big problem for children in the community than for their own children. One in ten parents rate dental issues as a big problem for their own children. The top ten perceived health problems relate to modern lifestyle, mental health concerns and child safety.

Excessive screen time was the most frequently identified big problem followed by obesity, not enough physical activity and unhealthy diet.

Stephanie Kakris

Stephanie Kakris

Stephanie Kakris has a Masters in Psychology and is a published parenting author. She is the co-founder of ScreenCoach, a combined hardware and software platform where kids are allocated a set amount of screen time, and after their time is up, they need to go and complete activities such as exercise, chores or non-screen play to earn more time before they can resume.
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