General Article College teens shun exercise and healthy food, study finds

Topic Selected: Fitness Book Volume: 384
  • Only one in five participants had a BMI classified as obese - but nine out of ten 16-18 year olds admit not exercising enough

  • Three in ten did no exercise per week

  • Eight out of ten not eating enough fruit and veg, with one in ten eating no fruit or veg at all, and half only eating 1-2 portions a day

Older teenagers may be setting a course for lifelong obesity through inactivity and poor diets, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of Reading say the findings add to the growing evidence showing radical changes are needed to influence the health and diet of children and teenagers, as the UK government launches a new nationwide strategy to tackle obesity.

The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that among 400 randomly-selected college students from two FE institutions in southern England, more than 90% said that they failed to meet nationally recommended exercise targets, with three in ten not doin...

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