Friday, 12 October 2007

Diabetes and obesity on the rise in Aussie teens

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A new report shows that Aussie teens are more unhealthy than previous generations. Rates of obesity, diabetes, and depression are quite high, says population health expert Richard Eckersley from the Australian National University.

Even while national statistics show that life expectancy has increased in Australia, Mr. Eckersley feels that this statistic does not adequately reflect the greater problems related to chronic illnesses. Furthermore, he points to additional research that suggests that teenagers' physical and mental health are in decline.

Mr. Eckersley's findings were published in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. To read more, click HERE.

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