HBSC Trends Report launched

This week the Department of Health launched the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Trends Report. The report presents the findings on indicators of children’s health between 1998 and 2014.

HBSC monitors the health and wellbeing of children aged 11, 12 and 15 years old in the Republic of Ireland. Data is collected every 4 years. Five surveys have been completed in Ireland to date; 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Findings from the report include

Weight loss diets

There was an increase in the number of children reporting trying to lose weight between 2002 and 2014. In 2002 11.9% of children reported currently trying to lose weight compared with 16.2% of children in 2014. A higher percentage of girls reported trying to lose weight compared to boys across all surveys.

Fruit consumption

The number of children reporting eating fruit more than once a day remains low but has increased between 2002 and 2014. In 2002 17.6% of children reported eating fruit more than once a day compared with 23.2% of children in 2014. A higher percentage of girls reported consuming fruit more than once a day compared to boys for all study years.

Vigorous exercise

The number of children who reported participating in vigorous exercise four or more times per week remained stable between 1998 and 2014. In 1998 52.6% of children reported participating in vigorous exercise four or more times per week compared with 51.5% in 2014.

For more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout childhood take a look at our Childhood Obesity campaign.

 

Posted: 31/05/2017 11:28:45 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Children, Diet, Exercise, Fruit, HBSC, Weight


 

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