Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare

2071 Words Sep 4th, 2016 9 Pages
1.0 Introduction

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ‘good health is an important element in a child’s quality of life as it can influence participation in many aspects of the life, including school and physical education’. A poor start to a child’s life increases the outcome of a poor adult life, as 24.9% of children aged from 5-17years already overweight or obese. These statistics are based on The International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), who have developed a standard age and sex-specific Body Mass Index (BMI) cut off point. Nutrition is the key factor of a student’s health and wellbeing, already students are; eating 48% junk food per day and eating majority foods that fall under the ‘red food’ category. (Health Reporter Katrina Stokes, 2016). All of which are not advised on the Australian Eating Pyramid (refer to appendix 1). Poor nutrition is causing an epidemic of obesity amongst students. If Australia’s obesity rates continue growing at this rapid rate it is predicted by the Monash University of Medicine Australia that in 2020 75% of the Australian population will be overweight or obese. These statistics stress the need for improved nutrition as identified by the Ottawa Charter. The Ottawa Charter

The Ottawa Charter is an international public health agreement, signed at the first international conference on Health Promotion, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2016). It launched multiple actions with in international…
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