Almost every health indicator tells a troubling story about Australia’s teenagers. Nine in 10 don’t do enough exercise, three in 10 are either obese or overweight, they get 40 percent of their daily meals from junk food and the average sugar intake for teen boys is 23 teaspoons a day.
These statistics are part of a new report card by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University and director Rosemary Calder said the numbers were alarming.
“We’re setting our young people up for a life of being inactive, overweight adults,” Calder told The Huffington Post Australia.
“It’s terrifying when you look at just one aspect — physical activity. We pride ourselves on being a sporting nation but 91.5 percent of our young people aren’t doing enough physical activity.”
– Cayla Dengate