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Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS -

HILDREN are be­com­ing phys­i­cally weaker, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port from the Univer­sity of Es­sex. The team, com­pared the strength and fit­ness of 10-year-olds from Es­sex be­tween 1998 and 2014.

They found chil­dren had be­come heav­ier and taller but scored worse in tests in­clud­ing sit-ups and grip strength. The chil­dren’s body mass in­dex (BMI) stayed the same be­cause al­though they were heav­ier they are also taller.

It had been ex­pected that be­cause the chil­dren had grown big­ger they would have also grown stronger.

So why has the mus­cu­lar strength of our chil­dren de­creased in the past twenty years? Ex­perts be­lieve that the drop in the num­ber and length of PE lessons de­liv­ered in schools, safety con­cerns, plus in­creased time spent on so­cial me­dia and on­line are the main rea­sons.

The Gov­ern­ment rec­om­mends that chil­dren up to 18 years do 60 min­utes of ac­tiv­ity a day and three of those days should in­clude strength­en­ing ex­er­cises. Adults should be do­ing 150 min­utes of ex­er­cise per week, with two lots of strength­en­ing ex­er­cises.

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