July 16, 2008
"Kids are really in to sitting and exercising their thumbs more than the rest of themselves now," said Beth Cox, Group Exercise Director at ACAC.
"When I was in elementary school, a lot of the kids I play with were playing tag and monkeying around on the monkey bars, but nowadays it's more how many people you can kill in Halo," said 17-year-old Keenan Parker.
Video games, the internet, and dvd's cited as possible reasons in a new report funded by the National Institute of Child Health as to why there is such a dramatic drop off in exercise, when kids turn 15.
"You always have time to do physical health later, you don't really concentrate and kind of enjoy the moment," said Parker.
The report saying that while 90% of nine year olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3% of 15-year-olds do. A trend likely to continue into adulthood.
"The earlier you start an exercise program, the better. We set our patterns pretty early on and so what we do as a teenager will likely to continue," said Cox.
The study saying the inactivity could lead to more serious health concerns when these teenagers eventually become adults.
"We really want to ward off things like high blood pressure and diabetes, and heart disease and to do that we need to eat right and stay active," said Cox.
The study tracked 1,000 children across the country at different ages from 2000 until 2006.