Home local LISTEN: Children Are Physically Inactive

LISTEN: Children Are Physically Inactive

14
0
Advertisement

A study has found that children in the North East are spending more time on a tablet or watching TV rather than doing exercise.

North East parents are being encouraged to get their kids to become more physically active.

The study by The Golden Mile, a physical activity initiative, say parents need to be educated and supported on knowing the difference exercise can do.

80% of parents in the region admit they are concerned their children are less physically active than they were at the same age.

Advertisement

It is because children are spending almost double the amount of time a week on a tablet or watching TV.

This generation of children are said to be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to inactive lifestyles, with more than three quarters of parents in the North East admit they do not know how long their child should be active for each day.

Physical inactivity leads to around 37,000 premature deaths a year – more than all deaths from murder, suicide and accident combined yet 38% of parents in the region would not know how to decide if their child had been physically active.

Physical activity not only benefits children physically, but has shown to improve behaviour.

Almost half of parents say that they notice a difference in their child’s behaviour after physical activity, with almost two thirds saying they feel happier.

More than a quarter say they are better at listening and a third said they have improved concentration.

Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes tells us what is key:

She says schools are not doing enough:

And says the initiative could help schools:.

Key Findings:

  • 8 in 10 parents in the North East admit they are concerned that their child is less physically active than they were at the same age
  • Almost half of parents say that they notice a difference in their child’s behaviour after physical activity, with almost two thirds saying they feel happier. More than a quarter say they are better at listening and a third said they have improved concentration.
  • Children are spending almost double the amount of time a week on a tablet or watching TV, then doing physical activity.
  • More than three quarters of parents in the North East admit they do not know how long their child should be active for each day
  • 38% of parents in the North East would not know how to decide if their child had been physically active for
  • Over a quarter of parents admit they let their child decide if they have been physically active enough
Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here