Researchers from the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Essex have revealed that fitness levels in British kids were falling faster than the international average. The study said that sedentary lifestyles have made youngsters shun fitness.
The study compared fitness levels of 300 10-year-old schoolchildren in 1998 and another 300 in 2008 and found that even slim kids were less fitter in 2008 as compared to 1998.
"Children are not doing as much physical activities as before. They are using their spare time to play more computer games, more time watching TV, or more time online," said lead researcher Dr Gavin Sandercock. "I read last week that Britain is highly up-to-date with technology, with more computers-per-household than anywhere else in Europe - but that means our kids are playing more computers. The drop in fitness is very, very large."
These findings are concerning especially when the Labour government has been under the scanner for selling school playgrounds. But conversely the government has also spent £1.5 billion to encourage sports in schools.
The details of the study are published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal.