81% of adolescents don’t get enough exercise
The World Health Organization (WHO) study found 81% of kids ages 11-17 worldwide are not getting the recommended one hour of physical activity per day. Among 85% of girls and 78% of boys in 146 countries, the WHO said, the levels of insufficient physical activity continue to be extremely high, risking obesity and cardiovascular diseases In the United States, 72% of adolescents didn’t get enough exercise, compared with a high of 94% in South Korea and a low of 66% in Bangladesh.
■Class discussion: Do you get at least an hour’s worth of moderate to vigorous exercise every day? Do you enjoy playing sports or other physical play? Does your school offer you enough physical activities? Why do girls get less exercise than boys? Are girls encouraged as much as boys to play sports? How many hours a day do you spend looking at the screens on cell phones, computers and television? Do you care if you get sick, put on weight and die younger because of a lack of exercise? Why or why not?