Indian schoolchildren to undergo fitness tests amid fears of rising levels of obesity

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 07 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5957
  1. Meera Kachhap
  1. 1Bangalore

Schoolchildren in India will face twice yearly fitness tests in a bid to tackle the rising tide of obesity and boost fitness levels, in plans unveiled by the government.1

The plans have been drawn up by India’s sports minister Ajay Maken to motivate schoolchildren to take part in exercise as well as to evaluate their fitness.

Schoolchildren from class V onwards (from age 9) will take part in eight tests, the details of which have not been specified, assessing six criteria. These are cardiorespiratory endurance; muscular strength; muscular endurance; flexibility; explosive strength; and percentage of body fat. The Sports Authority of India …

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