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Health & Fitness Global study finds majority of adolescents are 'not active enough'

14:55  22 november  2019
14:55  22 november  2019 Source:   covermg.com

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Insufficient activity among adolescents a major concern. “The trend of girls being less active than boys is concerning,” said study co-author Dr Leanne Riley, WHO. The study used self-reported data only, which may be subject to bias. Data from wearable devices were not used as they could not be

Insufficient activity among adolescents a major concern. “The trend of girls being less active than boys is concerning,” said study co-author Dr Leanne Riley, WHO. The study used self-reported data only, which may be subject to bias. Data from wearable devices were not used as they could not be

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Urgent action is needed to combat the "global epidemic" of inactivity in adolescents, researchers report.

More than 80 per cent of 11 to 17 year olds are putting their long-term health at risk by choosing to do schoolwork or use handheld devices rather than take part in exercise or sports, research from the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.

There is also a significant gender gap, with 85 per cent of girls taking too little physical exercise, while the figure for boys is 78 per cent.

The study - which is based on data reported by 1.6 million 11 to 17-year-old students from 146 countries - found that adolescents did not meet current recommendations of at least one hour of physical activity per day.

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The study , carried out through school surveys in 146 countries, found that there has been so little improvement in physical activity among those aged 11 to 17 since 2001 that the WHO’s global In the UK in 2016, more than 85% of girls were not active enough , and neither were almost 75% of boys.

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Study author Dr. Regina Guthold said the situation is serious and that "urgent policy action" must be taken to get young people moving, with a special focus on getting girls to participate in physical activity.

"Active adolescents are likely to be active adults," she said, adding that lack of exercise can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and type-2 diabetes in adulthood.

"The trend of girls being less active than boys is concerning," study co-author Dr. Leanne Riley shared. "More opportunities to meet the needs and interests of girls are needed to attract and sustain their participation in physical activity through adolescence and into adulthood."

The study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, also found that that there has been little improvement in physical activity among those aged 11 to 17 since the WHO's first study in 2001.

The organisation is concerned by the lack of progress, and co-author Dr. Fiona Bull noted that it was a "major concern".

Experts also found that young people are more likely to be encouraged to work hard academically and study for exams, and will be doing homework rather than taking part in any physical activity.

More than 85 per cent of female adolescents in the U.K. were not active enough, and neither were 75 per cent of boys. In the U.S., 64 per cent of boys were insufficiently active, but 80 per cent of girls were not active enough.

Bangladesh came top, with only 63 per cent of boys and 69 per cent of girls not doing enough physical activity.

Four out of five UK children not active enough, global report suggests .
Girls are lagging behind boys in physical activity, the WHO report says.The figures, from the World Health Organisation (WHO), are the first global estimates on physical activity among 11 to 17-year-olds, involving 1.6 million students from 146 countries.

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