One in twenty Australians are at risk of heart failure, according to researchers.
It comes as no surprise, as many Australians aged 40 and under do not meet the recommended daily exercise of one hour a day.
Dr John Tickell is a medical doctor with 25 years of experience in health research. “Why is it then, that no one is willing to stand up and force Australians to confront the ugly truth about our overweight and obesity crisis?” Dr Tickell said.
“What alarms me most is the political correctness and reluctance to tell it how it is. We are fat. When we are fat we look and feel terrible. What’s required here is attitude and lifestyle change.”
In 2011 to 2013, an Australian Health Survey was conducted on the physical activity patterns of Australians. According to the survey, young children aged 5-17 spend between 91-136 minutes participating in a screen-based activity. It also found that adults were exercising lightly for 30 minutes of activity per day. The recommended amount is 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, which only 43 per cent of adults met.
Further results found 19.2 per cent of adults consumed more than the recommended two standard drinks of alcohol per day.
Smoking remains a key factor in the degradation of health as well, with 16.3 per cent of adults reported as being daily smokers, which can lead to damage of the heart tissue and the heart’s all-over productivity. – Sarah Batt
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