British chil­dren taller and heav­ier but weaker

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THE strength of Bri­tain’s chil­dren is de­clin­ing at an alarm­ing rate, re­searchers have warned.

Al­though 10 year olds mea­sured in 2014 were heav­ier than in 2008, their body mass in­dex (BMI) had not changed be­cause they were also taller.

But the chil­dren were not phys­i­cally stronger as a re­sult, a team from the Univer­sity of Es­sex found.

Us­ing data from the Chelms­ford Chil­dren’s Fit­ness and Ac­tiv­ity Sur­vey, which has been mon­i­tor­ing 10 year olds since 1998, the study found that boys and girls were do­ing less ex­er­cise than ever be­fore, which has re­sulted in them be­com­ing sig­nif­i­cantly weaker.

Re­searchers recorded a 20% de­crease in mus­cle strength and a 30% de­crease in mus­cle en­durance.

Dr Gavin San­der­cock, who led the study, said: “De­spite be­ing big­ger, we find 10 year olds are get­ting weaker.

“Con­tin­ued de­clines in strength are a worry, but of even more con­cern is that the rate of these de­clines is ac­cel­er­at­ing.” – Daily Mail

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