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12 March 2018

Top ten child health problems: What the public thinks

This report presents the results of one of the surveys administered as part of the   Royal Children's Hospital National Child Health Poll which is a quarterly national survey of a representative sample of Australian households investigating the health, wellbeing and lives of Australian children and young people. This particular survey investigated the issues that members of the public regard as the top child health problems. The survey revealed that the top ten health problems were excessive screen time (58% of respondents), obesity (55%), not enough physical activity (54%), unhealthy diet (54%), bullying, illegal drug use, family and domestic violence, internet safety (45%), child abuse and neglect and suicide. These perceived health problems relate to modern lifestyle, mental health concerns and child safety.