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Thursday, 18th June 2015

UK: Generation Inactive

Source: UK Active

From The least active generation in history:

The millennium cohort study, the first UK-wide study of children’s objectively measured physical activity found that only half of 7 year olds are meeting the CMO physical activity guidelines, with girls being significantly less likely to meet the daily guidelines (38 per cent) than boys (63 per cent). The study revealed that half of all UK 7-year-olds are sedentary for 6.4 hours or more each day....

The situation seems to get even worse as children enter their teens with just over one in ten girls at age 14 currently meeting official guidelines for physical activity, half the number of boys at the same age.

From an economic perspective, Generation Inactive will be huge drain on public resources and will contribute to a situation that is simply not sustainable for the future of the UK’s National Health Service. This is a ticking time bomb under the shared pledges of all political parties to maintain a NHS free at the point of need. The Government’s 2014 Moving More, Living More publication cited that the estimated direct and indirect costs of inactivity in the UK total £20bn a year.18 This figure is all the more staggering when we take into account that Simon Stevens, Head of NHS England has stated that to save the National Health Service an extra £8billion a year is required by 2020.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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