Children around the world are leading sedentary lifestyles and not maintaining a healthy growth and development, says global report.
The report by the Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA), an Australian-based non-profit organization, has shown that contributing to modern lifestyles, including increase in screen time, the growing urbanization of communities and the rise in automation of previously manual tasks. to a pervasive public health problem.
"Mark Tremblay, President of the AHKGA, and Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada, said:" Global trends, including excessive screen time, are contributing to a generation of inactive children and putting them on a dangerous path. "
"This generation will face a range of challenges, including the impact of climate change, increasing globalization and the consequences of rapid technological change," he added. "Inactive children are at risk for adverse physical, mental, social and cognitive health problems."
For the study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, the team compared 49 countries from six continents to assess the global trends in childhood physical activity in the developed and developing countries.
The findings showed that countries including Slovenia, Zimbabwe and Japan have the most active children and young people in general and that physical activity is a way of life for them.
Overall physical activity is mostly affected by active transportation which is a necessity in everyday life.
The researchers noted, "For the good of our children's health and the future, we need to build physical activity into all societies and change social norms to help children move."