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Only 1 in 30 children hit daily activity target

Kids are known for their activeness, but it turns out that modern day kids are becoming lazy and aren’t as active as they should be.

According to a new study only one in 30 children is active as per recommendations of amount of daily physical activity. Guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer say people aged five to 18 should do at least 60 minutes of “moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity” every day.

Previous research has often used less than seven days of data on children’s activity and created an average based on that. But a study by the universities of Exeter and Plymouth of Year Five children (aged nine or ten) found that although almost a third (30.6%) achieved an average of 60 minutes per day, just 3.2% did so every day.

Activity levels among girls were even lower, with just 1.2% hitting the 60-minute daily target – compared to 5.5% of boys.

The data was gathered from 807 Year Five children from 32 schools in Devon, with a full seven days of data gathered on each child using an activity tracker watch.

Previous studies collecting activity data have been limited by the ability to obtain a full seven days of data, so this study has some of the most robust data on nine and ten year olds’ activity.

James Anderson

Having developed startups for the better part of the last decade, James now covers healthcare stories with a business slant. Email: james@askhealthnews.com

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