Released today, a new survey of close to 1,800 people — including adults and children aged 10 to 17 — reveals the vast majority (77%) of Aussie parents prioritise their family’s health ahead of their own.
According to the data, Australian parents are likely to tick all the right boxes when it comes to the health of their children, but sometimes this comes at the expense of their own wellbeing.
What does the data tell us?
- 76% of parents ensure their children eat breakfast every day, but only 1 in 2 (55%) do so themselves.
- 76% of parents make sure their children are active every day, but only 16% achieve this themselves.
- 29% of parents encourage their children to share how they’re feeling, however only 12% of parents do so themselves.
- 74% of parents believe they could personally be healthier overall, yet only 57% feel this way about their children.
Medibank Chief Medical Officer Dr Linda Swan said: “Let’s face it, it’s not easy getting it right all the time but we know parents carry a significant influence in a child’s life, and kids are likely to go on to develop habits that reflect those of their parents. While as parents, it may feel natural to prioritise your family’s health, this data shows it’s important not to let your own health take a back seat.”