Half of parents don't know child's weight
Only 47pc of parents say they know their child's weight. And only 7pc believe their child may be overweight. When asked if their child exercised in line with national guidelines - 60 minutes every day - only 20pc reported that this was the case with the average being four times per week.
The findings emerged in the Pfizer Health Index which tracks trends in the nation's health annually.
Parents were also asked about the use of screens within the home with two hours 16 minutes per day reported as the average length of time that their child engaged in this on a daily basis.
The incidence of children bringing a screen to bed (tablet, phone etc) was noted at 15pc with 24pc of parents having no rule about this either way.
The research also highlighted that since the financial recovery has started, Irish adults have become more optimistic about their health, with 65pc of us rating our health as eight or higher out of 10.
Health & Living