22 May '11, 3am

Are Our Children Getting Weaker?

Are Our Children Getting Weaker?

Children are getting weaker as they spend more time indoors on the computer rather than outside according to a recently published study in Acta Paediatrica . 10-year-olds may be adept at moving their fingers over keyboards and using their thumbs to text, but they are not able to do push-ups and hang from bars in gym class as they used to, says one of the study's authors, Gavin Sandercock, a children's fitness expert of Essex University. However, the children in the study had the same body mass index (BMI) as those a decade earlier; this suggests that, in view of their strength declining, their bodies are likely to contain more fat than muscle. These are depressing findings, but they do seem to be corroborated by the realities of modern life, of children not able to play outside because of fears of safety, injury and -- should a child be hurt falling out of some homeowner's...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/are-our-ch...

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