All this emphasis on the health of boys and men – what’s that about? They’re alright, aren’t they?
In many cases, the answer is no.
A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.
Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that’s five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.
Let this week serve as a timely reminder to all check in, whether it be on ourselves (if male), our fathers, our brothers, our sons, our friends and our neighbours. Make that appointment you have been putting off…….now is your time to thrive!