One third of Children worldwide are coach potatoes

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A study recently from more than 70,000 teenagers in 34 nations states that not only American kids, but one third of children all over the world are coach potatoes who spend at least three hours a day on computers or watching television.


The study was conveyed from Argentina to Zambia and according to Regina Guthold of the World Health Organization in Geneva and her colleagues, most children in poor and rich country did not do enough exercise. Guthold said children who lived in poor country do not show that they get more physical activity.


72,845 schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 from North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East were targets of the study which recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics. This study was conducted in 5 years from 2003 to 2007.


According to researchers, adequate physical activity means that children have to spend at least one hour a day and five days a week on taking exercise outside of gym class. They defined kids who spent two much time on watching TV, playing games or chatting via computers as sedentary.


Statistics from the research showed that only one quarter of the boys and 15 percent of the girls take adequate physical activity. Meanwhile, a quarter of boys and nearly 30 percent of girls were coach potatoes apart from those in Zambia.


Uruguay was the country whose percentage of active boys was highest while baby boys in Zambia were the less active ones.


37 is the percentage of girls from India who get adequate exercise while only 4 percent of girls from Egypt meet exercise amount.


Countries who possessed the highest rate of coach potatoes among kids were St. Lucia and the Cayman Islands. Meanwhile, the least sedentary belong to children in Myanmar.


According to Mrs. Guthold, urbanization is the cause for cars and TVs abuse. Her suggestion to get children out of sedentary was that school should have more classes of physical exercise and educate kids about the significant role of exercise to their health.


As physical inactivity among children in schools was a huge and important matter, Guthold warned that people should pay more attention to the problem.

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This article was published on 2010/03/30