‘Worldwide, 81% School Age Children Not Active Enough’

The World Health Organisation, WHO has said that a lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

“Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries. Globally, 23% of adults and 81% school-going adolescents are not active enough.”, the organization said, adding

“Getting people to move more is a key strategy for reducing the burden of NCDs. A 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025 would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“It is important to know that doing some physical activity is better than doing none. Inactive people should start with small amounts of physical activity, as part of their daily routine, and gradually increase duration, frequency, and intensity over time.

Countries and communities must also take action to provide individuals with more opportunities to be active.

Physical activity reduces risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, diabetes, hypertension, various types of cancer including colon cancer and breast cancer as well as depression. Physical activity is also a key to energy balance and weight control.

Generally, women and girls are less active than men and boys and older adults are less active than younger adults