The majority of adolescents in the world are not physically active enough in 2016

Dec 02, 2019
Sébastien Bouley

This study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), presents updated national, regional and global estimates of the prevalence of insufficient physical activity among adolescents. It collects data related to global, regional and national trends from 2001 to 2016, based on 298 surveys. conducted in 146 countries. They focused on physical activity among school-aged adolescents aged 11 to 17 (combined and by sex and region).

Globally, in 2016, 81.0% of students aged 11 to 17 were physically underactive (77.6% for boys and 84.7% for girls). This study also shows an overall decline in physical activity between 2001 and 2016 for both girls and boys.
On the 146 countries studied, France occupies the 119th place, with 87% of adolescents who have a physical activity deemed insufficient (less than one hour per day). A situation presenting health risks, such as overweight or obesity.

This study shows the global urgency to improve and promote physical activity among younger generations to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of 15% relative reduction in the global prevalence of insufficient physical activity by 2030 in adolescents and adults targeted by the WHO.

To know more you can consult the full report of the study of the WHO.

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