The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) trends report presents findings on indicators of children’s health and wellbeing between 1998 and 2014. The report is divided into three sections: health behaviours, health outcomes and contexts of children’s lives.
This report presents encouraging trends in relation to both risk behaviours and positive health behaviours. There was an overall significant decrease in the proportion of children who are engaging in risky health behaviours such as substance use. There was also an overall positive trend in children reporting fruit consumption more than once a day, tooth brushing more than once a day and always wearing a seatbelt. The proportion of children who report exercising four or more times a week has remained stable.