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Children, exercise . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 10 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l3

Physical activity in children

As children get older, they gradually become less active. This is the finding from a longitudinal study of children in a European birth cohort that used accelerometer armbands to measure daily activity (Paediatrics doi:10.1542/peds.2018-0994). Between the ages of 6 and 11, the amount of time children spent in physical activity each day decreased by more than an hour. This decrease was mirrored by an increase in sedentary behaviour. Children with the highest body mass index were the least active.


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