Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Make children move

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5618 (Published 19 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5618
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

As a child, I was good at sport but not spelling. I believe sport is fundamental to childhood; who cares if you can’t spell? But we all believe in the things we are good at.

British children are not reaching activity targets.1 Although reports suggest that this is a problem only for girls,2 boys did just 12 minutes more daily activity. This sedentary lifestyle is a problem for all our children. Other reports say that children watch two hours of television a night. In addition, half of boys …

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