Health Snapshots

Consumption of unhealthy food and drink

Children and young people should have a well-balanced and healthy diet with limited consumption of fast food, snack food, sugar-sweetened (excluding sugar-free or ‘diet’) drinks and flavoured milk. In 2018-19, more than half (54%) of all children and young people in South Australia under 18 years consumed fast food at least once weekly and a third (33%) consumed snack food at least once daily. Young people (10 to 17 years) were more likely to consume fast food and snack foods than children under 10 years, with males under 18 years consuming fast food and snack food at higher rates than females under 18 years. There was no significant difference between the consumption rates in metropolitan Adelaide and regional/rural South Australia for children and young people under 18 years.

On an average day in 2018-19, 15% of children and young people consumed sugar-sweetened beverages and 30% consumed flavoured milk, with 10 to 17 year olds consuming more sugar-sweetened beverages and flavoured milk than children under 10 years. Males under 18 years consumed more sugar-sweetened beverages and flavoured milk than females under 18 years. Children and young people living in metropolitan Adelaide consumed more sugar-sweetened beverages than those in regional/rural South Australia on an average day; however, there was no significant difference for the consumption of flavoured milk.

Mental health

More than 2 in 10 (20.9%) children and young people 5-17 years used a mental health service in South Australia in 2018-19. The services included psychologist, psychiatrist, other community mental health services and online/phone services.

In 2018-19, almost 20% of children and young people 5-17 years in South Australia had been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression, ADHD, conduct disorder, anxiety or other conditions. Of these children and young people, more than half (55%) received treatment for their mental health concerns.

In both the Adelaide metropolitan area of Onkaparinga and the regional area of Murray and Mallee more than 600 children and young people had used a community mental health care service in 2017-18.

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