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13 September 2010
Physical activity among 10 year olds dropped during the course of a year-long study with girls faring the worst, particularly at the weekend, researchers have said.
The study of 844 children found that girls became more sedentary than boys and that all children did less physical activity on weekends compared with weekdays.
Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse for the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study reinforces what is already well known - too few children take too little exercise.
“The benefits of physical activity for all age groups is well established. With levels of obesity in children rising, it is vital that we support children to incorporate regular physical activity to their day to day lives. Children should aim to do at least one hour of moderate intensity activity a day, such as swimming, cycling or running. We’ve got lots of tips for children and families to help them achieve this target on our website.”
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
Statement issued in response to study: ‘Changes in children’s physical activity over 12 months: Longitudinal results from the SPEEDY study’ by Kirsten Corder PhD, Esther M.F. van Slujis PhD, Ulf Ekelund PhD, Andrew P. Jones PhD and Simon J. Griffin MBBS, DM, FRCGP, in Pediatrics 13/9/10 doi:10.1542/peds.2010-0048