74 Percent of India’s Teenagers Physically Inactive: WHO

Eight out of every 10 teenagers al around the world are not as physically active, potential, and energetic as the Who (World Health Organization) wants them to be.

However, India can take cold comfort in the fact that it fares a wee bit better with only 73.9% of India’s teenagers classified as physically unhealthy and inactive in a World Health Organization report published in “The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health” medical journal on 22/11/2019 (Friday).

Mumbai’s famous doctor Mr. Shashank Joshi from Lilavati Hospital said: “Test what we have feared for some time now that playing time in playgrounds has been replaced by screen games for today’s teenagers.”

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The recent study, The world trend for adolescent insufficient activity, credits it’s a comparably better performance to the Indian male’s obsession with cricket,

Which is “frequently played unstructured in local communities”, and the unwritten rule of required domestic chores for teenage girls. 

Dr. Shashank Joshi said that our relatively superior activity doesn’t take away the fact that “India is largely an inactive nation”.

The brand new study display more girls are inactive than boys in India, More than 85% of the girls and 78% of boys might be classified as inactive for not accumulating one hour of intense performance in one day.

The changes in performance levels over a 15-years period is also studied, The prevalence of insufficient physical performance slightly decline in boys between 2001 and 2016 from 80% to 78% but there was no Modification overtime in girls remaining around 85%.

Boys do superior in India, In India, more than 76.6% of boys were not adequately physically health in 2001 and the number of boys dropped in 71.8% in 2016. Change in girls was minimum from 76.6% to 76.3%.

Nonetheless, Experts were skeptical about the findings of India, as it was too widespread and might not address the large rural-urban gap.

Dr. Shashank Joshi said that India has many layers, ranging from the rural poor who walk many kilometers to school every day to urban teenagers whose time is spent going back and forth from one school to another. We cannot generalize that 73.9% of our teenagers are physically inactive.

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