Children & Excercise

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The Importance of Sports and Physical Education .

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Our Children – Stats
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Research shows that “among children and adolescents age two to seventeen, 26% are overweight and another 8% are obese.” The New England Journal of Medicine reported that “our children’s lifespan could be 2-5 years less than our own.
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” Furthermore, the economic burden of physical inactivity is estimated at $5.3 billion and the burden to the healthcare system is estimated at $2.1 billion. Canada is facing an inactivity and obesity crisis whose impact on the cost of future chronic disease management is almost unimaginable.

  • Only 13% of Canadian children and youth (aged 5 to 19) meet the recommended guidelines in Canada’s Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth. 
  • The overweight/obesity rate of adolescents aged 12 to 17 more than doubled from 14%  
     to 29%, and their obesity rate tripled from 3% to 9% over the past three decades.
  • Total screen time among Canadian youth in grades 6 to 10 is 7 hr 25 min/day on
    weekends and 5 hr 56 min/day on weekdays. 

  • Sport participation rates in Canadian youth aged 15-18 declined from 77% to 59% between 1992 and 2005. 

 

 

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