WHO study reveals 4 out of 5 adolescents don’t exercise enough leading to increasing health risks

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A new study from WHO says that four out of every five teenagers around the globe do not exercise properly.

All adolescents are recommended to increase their physical activities after the study. The researchers analyzed data collected from the year 2001 to 2016. A total of 1.6 million students from the age group of 11 to 17, from 146 countries were checked.

The study found out that 81% of the total lot did not match with the WHO (World Health Organization) criteria. The WHO recommendation is an hour’s moderate to robust exercise per day.

Except for four countries – Tongo, Samoa, Afganistan, and Zambia, girls were found to involve in less physical exercises. In 1/3rd of the countries, females were 10% points less than boys to meet up the criteria. The girls in the US and Ireland showed more gap between the mentioned recommendation and the actual scenario.

The co-author in the study, Fiona Bull said that the policy-makers should boast up and encourage the teens towards a healthy lifestyle and also the coming future generations. She added that the study focuses on the young generation who should be allowed to play.

She continued saying that they should be allowed to give importance to their physical and mental health. Fiona is the director of the Centre for Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia. She is also the president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health.

The research also indicates the benefits of exercise. It keeps the weight in control, improves heart rate, and keeps away any lung-related illness. Physical activity also helps to keep the brain healthy and improves our thinking ability.

Some of these benefits continue to keep our adult life balanced and help in the later stages of life. Therefore, policies can be made in the education and urban planning sectors. So that teens can be more physically active and lead a healthy life.