Teens may just be as inactive as 60-yr olds

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 17:53:44 | Updated : 17 Jun 2017, 17:56:37
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Teens may just be as inactive as 60-yr olds

Teens may just be as inactive as 60-yr olds
According to a recent study, physical activity amongst teens and young adults may be at an all-time low. The alarming findings labelled the 19- year olds to be as sedentary as the 60 -year olds.

The reduced physical activity levels have already been touted as one of the major contributors in the growing obesity epidemic, particularly among children and teens. At this point, the study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US is definitely a wake-up call.

The researchers of the study found that young adults after the age of 20 show the only increase in activity over the lifespan, and starting at age 35, activity levels declined through midlife and older adulthood.

The study also identified different times throughout the day when activity was highest and lowest, across age groups and between males and females.

It was found that for all age groups, males were generally found to have higher activity levels than females, particularly high-intensity activity, but after midlife, these levels took a sharp drop as compared to females.

Among adults 60 years and older, males were more sedentary and had lower activity levels than females.

The study found that more than 25 per cent of boys and 50 per cent of girls aged six to 11 and over 50 per cent of male and 75 per cent of female adolescents aged 12 to 19 had not met the WHO recommendation and guidelines of minimum physical activity levels.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day for children aged five to 17 years, according to a media report.

 
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