The Editor of Children’s and Nature Network reported that a team of researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have uncovered some startling information about the amount of exercise the average U.S. child gets in a week.
According to the study, a majority of children are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity they need, and only 5% are meeting the goal of 60 minutes per day.
While this may come as a surprise to some, not everyone will be shocked by these findings.
Research has found that kids are spending more time on smartphones, tablets, or TV every year.
They also discovered that only one hour of screen time can increase a child’s chance of becoming anxious or depressed.
These results are worrisome because young children are in desperate need of physical activity.
Exercise is important for healthy growth and development, increasing bone density and strengthening muscles.
Also, exercise is important to combat obesity. According to the CDC, the percentage of children with obesity has more than tripled since the ’70s, and it’s estimated that nearly one in five children and teens are obese.
While recess time varies across the country, with many schools allocating only 20 to 30 minutes of recess each day, many parents complain that their children aren’t getting enough time to play outside.
Not only that, some children may not even be using this time to engage in healthy activity.