Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Study: Mom and Dad Were Faster Than Today's Kids

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If today's kids stepped into Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine and paid a surprise visit to the younger versions of their moms or dads, they may be surprised that today's youth would probably lose a foot race to their folks.

A new study indicates that, on average, it takes children about 90-seconds longer to run a mile than their 1970's counterparts and that heart-related fitness among children ages 9-17 has declined 5 percent per decade for more than thirty years.

The study, headed by Grant Tomkinson of the University of South Australia, examined 50 previous analyses, involving 25,000,000 children in 28 countries.

The World Health Organization suggests that 80 percent of young people globally may no be getting enough exercise.

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