New WHO-led study: Adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active

The new WHO-led study says that the majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, and thus putting their current and future health at risk.

The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in girls and boys aged 11 to 17 years. The study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal and produced by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that more than 80 % of school-going adolescents globally did not meet current recommendations of at least one hour of physical activity per day – including 85 % of girls and 78 % of boys.

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