New Study Shows Teens Are Lazy, As Sedentary As 60-Year-Old Person

A new study from Johns Hopkins suggests that a 19-year-old teenager is as active as a 60-year-old person. Yes, you read that right. Something is wrong here.

Blame the Xbox. Blame Netflix. Blame your La-Z-Boy recliner. New research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in Preventive Medicine suggests that the average teenager is as active as the average 60-year-old, CBS News reported. 

To come to these results, researchers strapped activity tracking devices onto more than 12,500 people of varying ages from 2003 to 2006. 

The World Health Organization recommends that those aged between 6 and 17 years old have at least an hour of moderate physical activity per day. But the kids in the study failed to reach those guidelines. About a quarter of the boys and half of the girls age 6 to 11 years old didn't, and about half of the boys and three-quarters of the girls age 12 to 19 years old didn't. Lead researcher Vadim Zipunnikov called the results, "alarmingly low."


Researchers believe children's schedules and lifestyles need to be adapted to fit in more activity after school at around 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Other research indicates that kids are in general less active these days, not walking to school or participating in sports as much as they did in the 70s, NPR reported.

On the other hand, reliance on technology, like the internet and video games, has only increased since then. And those games that try to make kids more active? (Wii, I'm looking at you.) Well, they're not that effective, Reuters reported in 2012.


In fact, according to the Hopkins findings, the only time that activity levels increased for people were for those in their 20s. Then, discouragingly, it declined during midlife. 

So maybe it's time to actually shut off the television, put down your phone, turn off the computer, and *gasp* get outside?

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