What Does Your Teen Do All Day?

June 20, 2017

New research suggests that the average teen is no more active than the average 60-year-old.

CBS says a new study analyzed data from more than 12,500 people of various ages who wore activity tracking devices for seven straight days as part of national health surveys conducted between 2003 and 2006.

They found that physical activity levels among children and teens were much lower than previously thought --kids age 6 to 11 barely regerstered one hour of active movement per day, on average.  Among teens (ages 12 to 17) more than 50 percent of males and 75 percent of females failed to average one-hour per day of activity.

The World Health Organization recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day for children ages 5 to 17.