Aussies we think we're healthy but we're not
MANY Australians are not heeding health advice according to the two-yearly report card from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare issued yesterday.
AIHW CEO Barry Sandison said: "Thirteen out of 100 of us smoke daily, 18 drink alcohol at risky levels, and 95 do not eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. And while 55 do enough physical activity, 63 of us are overweight or obese.”
Despite this, most Aussies consider themselves to be in good health, with 56 out of 100 people rating their health as excellent or very good. "However, 19 of us would have a disability, 20 a mental health disorder in the last 12 months, and 50 at least one chronic disease.”