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Risk Deficit Disorder: Independent Play as Important as good Nutrition, Study Finds

Risk Deficit Disorder: Independent Play as Important as good Nutrition, Study Finds

RISING numbers of Queensland kids are ­suffering from Risk Deficit Disorder, a crippling condition that means they are untrained for adult life.


Scabby knees and egg-like bumps on foreheads are becoming extinct as fearful parents and educators continue to bubble-wrap kids’ lives.

Few now climb the highest tree or push the swing to its limit.

The impact of Risk Deficit Disorder has been studied by researchers from the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University, who found that children who were not allowed to engage in risky play were likely to face problems with their weight, mental health, independence, learning, perception and judgment skills.
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