(WWSB) – A study done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that teens are as inactive as 60-year-olds.
Physical activity among children and teens is very low and the only increase in activity comes in young adults after the age of 20.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says children ages five to 17 years should get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and the study found 50 percent of males and 75 percent of females do not meet the recommendation.
“Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” says the study’s senior author, Vadim Zipunnikov, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Biostatistics.
Over 12,000 participants took place in the study.
Activity among people in their 20s was more spread out throughout the day, with an increase in physical activity in the morning.
“For school-age children, the primary window for activity was the afternoon between 2-6 p.m.”
The findings bring major concerns to the growing obesity epidemic.