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Research shows decline in children’s fitness

01-10-2018

According to research by the University of Essex, children are becoming physically weaker and less fit. The study looked at how the muscle strength of 10-year-olds had changed between 1998 and 2014. 

The researchers found that children have become heavier and taller, meaning that their Body Mass Index (BMI) had stayed roughly the same but their strength and physical fitness had declined. 

According to Dr Gavin Sandercock, who led the study, there was a 20 percent decrease in muscle strength and a 30 percent decrease in muscle endurance over the 16-year period.

In response to the findings, Dr Gavin Sandercock said:

‘Inactive lifestyles are a health risk but physical fitness is the single best measure of health in childhood, adolescence and on into adulthood… Poor fitness and inactivity lead to multiple health problems in their adult life.’

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