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Youngsters Lack Exercise

Sunday, 02 November 2008 12:16

According to a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, many children are not getting enough exercise - setting them up for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions. This problem is especially rampant in girls.

Researchers assessed the activity levels of 786 elementary school students, aged 7 to 9 years, in Dublin. Findings revealed that 24% of girls and 14% of boys engaged in less than the minimal level of activity recommended by health agencies to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Findings also revealed that 60% of children spend up to 3 hours a day watching television and 18% spend more than 3 hours a day "in front of the screen."

Hussey J, Gormley J, Bell C   Physical activity in Dublin children aged 7-9 years   Br J Sports Med 2001 (Aug);   35 (4):   268-272;   discussion 273