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Ireland Seven in 10 adolescents in Ireland do not get the recommended daily amount of physical activity

12:25  22 november  2019
12:25  22 november  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Seven out of 10 older schoolchildren in Ireland do not get enough daily physical activity , with inactivity more common among girls than boys, a major international report finds. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends young people get at least one hour of physical activity per day

Beyond exercise, any other physical activity that is done during leisure time, for transport to get to Physical activity of amounts greater than 60 minutes daily will provide additional health benefits. It proposes different policy options to reach the recommended levels of physical activity globally

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MORE THAN 60% of boys and over 80% of girls in Ireland do not get enough daily physical activity, according to a major international study published today. 

The study was carried out by researchers at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal. 

It found that more than 80% of school-going adolescents globally did not meet the WHO recommendation of at least one hour of physical activity per day. 

The study looked at the trend among 1.6 million 11 to 17-year-olds through surveys carried out in over 146 countries between 2001 and 2016. 

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The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence can also be important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and

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Overall, some 85% of girls and 78% of boys did not meet the recommendation based on a global average. 

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In Ireland, specifically, it reported 64% of boys fail to meet the physical daily activity recommendation, a fall from the 71% in 2001.

Girls fared worse, however, with 81% failing to meet the recommendation in 2016 – that figure is the same figure as that which was drawn from a survey back in 2001.

Combined, it put the figure for the number of adolescents who do not get the recommended daily dose at 71%.

The report points to the widening gender gap in this area as Ireland and the US were the only countries with a difference of more than 15% in the number of girls meeting the recommendation compared to boys. 

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The evidence is clear— physical activity fosters normal growth and development, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by CDC or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the website.

Recommended levels of physical activity for adults aged 18 - 64 years. Pregnant, postpartum women and persons with cardiac events may need to take extra precautions and seek medical advice before striving to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity for this age group.

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“Differences in prevalence of insufficient physical activity between boys and girls, and the widening gaps over time were particularly apparent in some high-income countries, such as Singapore, the USA, and Ireland,” it said. 

“Urgent policy action to increase physical activity is needed now, particularly to promote and retain girls’ participation in physical activity,” study author Dr Regina Guthold said. 

Co-author Dr Fiona Bull added: “Strong political will and action can address the fact that four in every five adolescents do not experience the enjoyment and social, physical, and mental health benefits of regular physical activity.”

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amount of physical activity will not prepare you for running a marathon, but it can improve your overall health and can result in some cardiovascular improvements. The ACSM and CDC recommend that if you want to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness even more, you need to perform vigorous physical

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition recommend that children and National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. The 2018 United States Report Card on Physical Combined influence of healthy diet and active lifestyle on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescents .

In spite of the widening gender gap, and while 71% of Irish adolescents are deemed to be skipping physical activity, Ireland ranked highly compared to other countries around the world. 

As a whole, it ranked third in having the most active adolescents behind Bangladesh and Slovakia. The US ranked in fourth and Bulgaria ranked in fifth. 

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