Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Time to help our children get a move on

19 December 2019

New Child of our Time blog examines widening gender gap when it comes to children meeting recommended levels of activity

Young child outdoors

World Health Organisation and United States guidelines say adolescents should do at least an hour's moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day.

But a new global study shows eight out of 10 fail to meet that standard and there is a widening gender gap.

In a new blog, Child of our Time Editor, Professor Yvonne Kelly and writer Fran Abrams outline new research revealing worrying trends which demonstrate the need for political and social choices that will help young people enjoy the social, physical and mental benefits of being active.