Adolescents Health On Risk, Not Spending An Hour On Physical Exercise: WHO Report

Bhopal: World Health Organization (WHO) had revealed some important studies regarding adolescents’ health. According to the reports adolescents, school-going children between 11 to 17 years age,  are not spending even an hour on physical exercises nowadays and they are most like to have heart disease. 

WHO studied 1.6 million people in 146 countries, and found some critical health conditions of school-going children. The study stated that children between the age of 11-17, do not spend enough time on physical activities. WHO recommends to urgently increase the cardio exercises and physical exercises each day. WHO recommends a minimum of one hour of physical activities.

Parents should involve their kids in daily activities like a school play, recreation, outdoor activities, sports, walking, cycling, and domestic chores. The study that regular physical activities will improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness significantly. These also improve cardiometabolic health, bone strength, and weight.

Adolescents Health On Risk, Not Spending An Hour On Physical Exercise
Adolescents Health On Risk, Not Spending An Hour On Physical Exercise

Dr. Fiona Bull, co-author at WHO said, “The study highlights that young people have the right to play and should be provided with the opportunities to realize their right to physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

The study suggested alarming highlights for the countries that ranked the lowest in physical activities including the United States, India and Bangladesh for adolescents, especially boys not spending an hour on physical activities. According to statistics, the Philippines takes the last position in overall cardiovascular activities among adolescents.

Countries showing the greatest decrease in boys’ insufficient activities are as follows:

Bangladesh- from 73% to 63%

Singapore- from 78% to 70%

Thailand- from 78% to 70%

The USA- from 71% to 64%

Adolescents Health On Risk, Not Spending An Hour On Physical Exercise
Adolescents Health On Risk, Not Spending An Hour On Physical Exercise

However, girls’ activities percentage is less likely to decrease as compared to boys. The report shows a percentage-wise decrease in Singapore- 85% to 83% and studied said that there is 1 percentage increment of girl’s physical activities in Afghanistan that is 87% to 88%.

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