90% of American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

90% of American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

Despite the fact that the US has been facing obesity epidemic, not many efforts have been seen on the part of American teenagers to maintain their physical fitness. A new study has found that majority of American teenagers continue to lead their life in a sedentary manner.

As per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than nine in 10 teenagers do not carry out at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. The research paper published in journal Pediatrics has unveiled that physical inactivity is considered to be one of the main reason for causing childhood and adolescent obesity.

Study’s lead author Kaigang Li from Colorado State University in Fort Collins said that in the last three decades, childhood obesity rate has increased by more than double fold in children and by four times in teenagers.

Being overweight or obese put children and teenagers at risk of a number of health complications, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnoea and psychological issues like poor self-esteem.

In the study, the researchers have evaluated exercise habits among a sample of 561 students in 10th grade at 44 schools that represented urban, suburban and rural communities. In the study’s start when the participants were 16 years of age, they were asked to wear activity trackers for a week so that the researchers could see how much physical activity is being carried out by them.

On an average, they were doing around 27 minutes of exercise each weekday and by the time they stepped into 11th grade, they moved to 28 minutes of exercise. On weekends, the exercise routine was quite in bad shape as the participants logged around 20 minutes in all.

The researchers think that it is responsibility of parents and teachers to come up with opportunities of exercise into children’s routine.