I don't know about you folks but to me this story is down right scary. The simple fact that one in three teenagers are not physically fit and in fact are becoming more sedentary is a leading factor in the rise in obesity rates and the rates of obesity related illness. Read the story for more info and think of ways you can help.
Yours in Fitness,
Study: One-third of U.S. teens unfit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (UPI) -- Approximately one-third of U.S. teens ages 12 to 19 do not meet standards for physical fitness, according to a University of South Carolina study.
Dr. Russell R. Pate of the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and The Cooper Institute assessed the physical fitness of 3,287 youth ages 12 to 19 who participated in the government-conducted National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2002. The participants were interviewed in their homes and were given a treadmill exercise test.
"Between the 1950s and the 1980s, regular surveys of youth physical fitness were conducted in the United States," said Pate.
"An increasing proportion of children have become obese since the 1980s, which may be explained by a decrease in physical activity -- if so, it is likely that average physical fitness also has declined among youth in the same time period, since the last national survey."
Older males were more physically fit than younger males, while the opposite was true for females. Participants who reported more sedentary behavior and those who spent less time being physically active were more likely not to be physically fit, according to the findings published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International