Mon 22 Jan 18
Our research has highlighted that a child considered unfit 20 years ago would today be rated one of the fittest among their peers.
These finding are featured in a special BBC Inside Out to mark the launch of the BBC’s Super Movers campaign, a BBC and Premier League partnership to help primary school teachers to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning.
The decrease in childhood fitness in the past two decades has been so great the least fit child in a class of 30 tested in 1998 would be among the five fittest in a class of 30 children tested today, according to research seen by BBC Inside Out.
Sport scientist Dr Gavin Sandercock, from our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, has found that a shift from active outdoor play toward sedentary, screen-based pass times means today’s schoolchildren are the first generation since the Second World War, who are less fit than their parents.
“If we could time travel to hold a one-mile race so today’s parents and their children were both 10 years old, mums and dads would win it by about 90 seconds."