This week students arrived back to school for 2019, eager and nervous after their parents and caregivers had prepared them to put their best foot forward. However, a concerning new report has found that kids are failing to do just that. The report found that Australian kids are some of the least active in the world, ranking 32nd out of 49 countries.
Some Queensland children will wear specially made uniforms bigger than 9XL when school returns this week. The shock state of childhood obesity is exposed with the revelation that uniform shops are taking orders for young boys needing shorts with 150cm waists (59 inches).
The start of the school year is a challenging time for parents and children – the holidays are over and work/school routines are about to kick back in. With ‘back to school’ ads bombarding us at every turn it can be hard to know what’s really relevant when it comes to getting our kids school ready.
There is strong evidence our screen use is contributing heavily to the amount of time we spend being sedentary. This is because screen time is nearly always associated with sitting or lying down, says Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) paediatric physiotherapist Nicole Pates.
With school officially out and summer holiday freedom stretching for several weeks ahead, the lure of screen time for kids is especially strong. However, low physical activity for extended periods can wreak havoc on children’s health and wellbeing. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is urging parents to ensure that while their children are on holidays, their physical activity levels don’t also go on a break.