|Physical activity offers a number of well documented physical and mental health benefits for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Yet new research indicates that a large majority of children around the world are not sufficiently active. Researchers analyzed data from 298 school-based surveys in 146 countries, including 1.6 million students ages 11-17. Researchers used data collected between 2001 and 2016.
The study found that 81% of children and adolescents in this age range were insufficiently active, getting less than the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise every day. The trend persisted across all country income groups. This research underlines the importance of initiatives, programs, and policies aimed at getting more kids more active.
Guthold R, Stevens G, Riley L, Bull F. Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1·6 million participants. The Lancet. November 2019.