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Children less fit than their parents were, study finds

NOT SO ACTIVE:Studies on the running fitness of 25 million children have shown a performance decline since 1975 and that 80 percent of youth globally are sedentary


Tomkinson and Daniels said obesity likely plays a role, since it makes it harder to run or do any aerobic exercise. Too much time watching TV and playing video games and unsafe neighborhoods with not enough options for outdoor play also may play a role, they said.

Other research discussed global declines in activity.

Fitness is “pretty poor in adults and even worse in young people,” especially in the US and eastern Europe, said Ulf Ekelund of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway.

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