This Is Our Youth

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Credit: Flickr

As decades have past, the number of children with good physical fitness has declined greatly. T.V., social media, and cell phones have had a dramatic impact on children and even teenagers. Children would much rather hit up their friends by staring at a screen that says Facebook or Twitter than face to face with them either having lunch, working out, or playing a sport.

For the past few decades, research and data have shown with evidence that kids in the US are becoming more and more inactive. Less than a third of young people ages 12 to 18 are said to be reaching their full exercise potential for their age group, which would be about an hour a day of exercise.

Epidemiological studies show physical activity among American children peaks before age ten and begins a steady and accelerating decline after that. Some reports say children typically spend eight to ten hours a day in front of a television or computer screen. Once kids are out for summer break these hours rise quickly.

What are some implications as a result of all of this? Obesity is one that comes straight to mind.

Obesity is one of America’s most serious health problems. Obesity has skyrocketed in the last ten years and more people are afflicted each year as a result. According to Trust for Americans Health, adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled.

What does the future look like for Americans? No one really knows…

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