|Activity More than 60 minutes||Age group 5-11 years (% of children)||Age group 12-16 years (% of children)|
|Working on computer||55.6||69.9|
|Listening to Music||30.6||67.9|
(Source: Misra, A. and Gulati, Nutrition Research Group National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) & Center for Nutrition & Metabolic Research(C-NET))
|Body Mass Index|
|Figures in %||Boys Fare Against Girls|
|Parameters||Healthy Boys||Healthy Girls|
|Lower Body Strength||51||37|
|Upper Body Strength||64||62|
It was reported that over 40% school children in India lack endurance and healthy body mass index. Lack of physical activities and outdoor games are cited as the primary reasons.
(Source: The Johns Hopkins University)
The prevalence of obesity among school-aged children in India is between 5.74% and 8.82%. (Source: Misra, A. and Gulati, Nutrition Research Group National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) & Center for Nutrition & Metabolic Research (C-NET)) Obesity in childhood and adolescence has been found to be associated with an increase in mortality in adulthood. “A relatively large and fairly consistent body of evidence now demonstrates that overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence have adverse consequences on premature mortality and physical morbidity in adulthood.” (Source: Reilly JJ and Kelly J, 2011, International Journal of Obesity)
Research by the Physical Activity Council, USA, has shown that children with no Physical Education (PE) are two times more likely to become sedentary (no physical activity) in life. Children with PE are more likely to be active even outside of school. UNICEF has identified play and sport as crucial components of quality education and that these are consistent with the rights of a child to optimum development.
Active children are stronger and have better mental function. The figure here shows brain functioning after only 20 minutes of walking! It is observed that the brain has lesser inactive zones (shown in blue) after performing the physical activity.
Active children are stronger and have a better mental function. The figure here shows brain functioning after only 20 minutes of walking! It is observed that the brain has lesser inactive zones (shown in blue) after performing the physical activity.Studies reported by the Physical Activity Council, USA, have drawn a strong correlation between higher fitness scores and higher academic scores, implying that Better Fitness = Better Academic Performance.
While exercising is good for the body, Dr. John J. Ratey, MD, argues it is more important for the brain, especially when it comes to students in the classroom. Citing scientific studies and real-world examples, this internationally recognized expert in the brain-exercise connection demonstrates how we can raise test scores, lower behavioural problems, and help the overall well-being of today’s students with fitness-based physical education.
Quality, daily physical education in schools not only reduces obesity amongst our children, but it improves academic performance. With more than 40 years in the field of education, Zientarski has created a highly successful program called the Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE) program at Naperville Central High School. The program has produced such dramatic improvements in test scores, behaviour and childhood obesity that it has inspired adoption in school districts from across the country and around the world, including Denmark, China, South Korea and Canada. His program has been highlighted on major TV networks and featured in documentary films. Zientarski shares his educational philosophy and programs with audiences nationwide, including the President’s Council on Health, Fitness and Nutrition in Washington, D.C.
“Our children are getting fatter with every passing year. Around 2 percent of urban Indian kids are obese, 8-10 percent of them are overweight, and the number of children being a victim of obesity is growing. One thing we can say is that – “Child Obesity in India on the Rise”