British children taller and heavier but weaker
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