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NSW Population Child Health Survey

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Some key findings

The 2007-2008 Report on Child Health from the New South Wales Population Health Survey provides a snapshot of the health and well-being of children aged 0-15 years in the state. Information for the report was collected from the parents and carers of over 5,000 children. The survey was conducted by the NSW Department of Health using computer assisted telephone interviewing and included questions on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding and weight status.

Key findings

Weight

The survey found that nearly three out of 10 (28.9%) children were overweight or obese.

 Nutrition

  • Adequate fruit intake declined markedly with age. Most children (94.9%) aged between two and eight years ate the recommended daily amount of fruit, but this dropped to about half of all children aged between nine and 15 years.
  • Around four in 10 children aged between two and 15 years (42.8%) ate the recommended daily amount of vegetables for their age.
  • The majority of children ate fried potato products, potato crisps or salty snacks, confectionary and cakes/biscuits at least once per week.
  • Overall, just over nine per cent of families of children aged between two and 15 years ate together at the table every day; about a quarter of children ate in front of the television every day.
  • Almost nine out of 10 children aged 0-23 months (89.3%) had been breastfed, but only about 17% had been exclusively breastfed to six months as recommended.

Physical activity

  • One in four children aged between five and 15 years met the recommended daily amount of physical activity outside of school hours (at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity)
  • Almost half of children aged between five and 15 years (47.2%) used electronic media for entertainment for more than the recommended maximum of two hours per day; and over half (53.5%) were driven by car to school each day.