The report, Health Behaviour in School-aged Children, surveyed over 3,300 children aged 11, 13 and 15 every four years and found that 27% of children now say that they are too tired to concentrate on their lessons. The number of 15 year olds who say they have low moods has also risen from 40% to 50%.
Although concerns are raised over sleep, the report suggests that children are now less likely to engage in risky behaviour, with 3% saying they have smoked at least three times in the past 30 days and 7% saying they have drunk alcohol. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (63%) eat breakfast every day and 44% meet the government’s recommendations of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
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