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How healthy are you really?

17 Oct 2018

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When was your last gym session or weekend without overdoing junk food? Have you spent a single night sans-screen? And just how many veggies did you really eat yesterday? Hmmm …

It’s easy to overestimate healthy behaviours and forget that many of us spend our days sitting, scrolling, and scoffing a few too many kilojoules.

So here’s a crash course in the targets Kiwis need to meet for a healthy lifestyle:

Alcohol

Target:

Men – maximum 15 standard drinks weekly (three standard drinks daily).

Women – maximum 10 standard drinks weekly (two standard drinks daily).

Reality:

Nearly one in five Kiwi adults are “hazardous” drinkers (drinking in a way that could harm themselves or others).

Exercise

Target:

At least 2.5 hours of physical activity weekly.

Reality:

50.2% of adults met the target, but one in seven exercised for less than 30 minutes in the week before answering a survey.

Comparison:

55.5% of Aussies met the same physical activity target weekly.

Screen time

Target:

Children (aged five -17) – two hours maximum.

Reality:

25% of high-school-aged girls said they spend 5.5 hours on just their phones daily!

Fruit and veg intake

Target:

Two serves of fruit and three serves of veg daily.

Reality:

61.7% of Kiwi adults eat enough veg. 53.9% eat enough fruit.

BMI

Target:

BMI: 18.5-24.9 kg/m2.

Reality:

Average BMI is 28.3 (overweight).

31.9% adults = healthy weight 34.4% adults = overweight 32% adults = obese.

Smoking

Target:

Zero!

Reality:

15.7% of adults smoke.

Sleep

Target:

Seven - nine hours nightly.

Reality:

New Zealand Fitbit users sleep for an average of 7.1 hours per night.

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Important things to know

Information correct as at October 2018