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UK: Children less active than thought

Children may not be getting as much exercise as their parents think.  UK researchers used accelerometers to measure the amount of physical activity that children did a week. They compared these readings with information supplied by parents and found a huge difference. They say in a press release:

Children’s physical activity levels have been greatly overestimated, with true levels likely to be around six times lower than national data suggest.

Read the abstract: Archives of Disease in Childhood, published ahead of print, 9 Sep 2008

Read the press release: Eureka Alert, 8 Sep 2008

Read more: BBC News, 8 Sep 2008

Published on September 8, 2008 in International news