Just one in three students across primary and secondary schools were in the right “muscular fitness zone”. The research report recommends schools try harder to “employ specialist physical education teachers.” Lead researcher, Dr. Louise Harding, said the survey results are shocking and emphasize the urgent need for change. An Education Department spokesman said it is “working closely” with the Ministry of Health to reduce childhood obesity.
Australia has the fifth highest rate of obesity for people age 15 years and over.
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P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.