2009CRCHealth.com reports that nearly 25% of U.S. adults know inactivity is a massive problem for children.2012DiabtetesInControl.com reminds readers that 2000 began with over 60% of American adults failing to be regularly physically active, and a quarter of them not exercising at all.2017USAToday.com releases an article entitled Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb.’2018ScienceDaily.com releases a report that compares lifestyles throughout 49 countries from 6 continents. They discover that, overall, children around the world are not physically active enough to maintain healthy growth and development. They discover that countries with the most active children and youth (such as Slovenia, Zimbabwe and Japan) have a common thread: Being active is not just a choice, but a way of life.
These statistics paint a few disheartening truths:
- Society knows inactivity among youth is at a record high.
- Society has known for years that inactivity among youth is an issue.
- Adults, on average, are not consistently role modeling healthy behaviors.
- As both adults and youth move toward increasingly inactive lifestyles, health care needs and costs are projected to skyrocket.
How did inactivity among youth spread like wildfire? For starters,