Cricket is a big reason behind adolescents in India being less active – Here’s how

Who knew cricket would be the bane for boys in India? As per a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO), too much focus on cricket might be the reason why Indian boys are not getting sufficient physical activity. Also, it says that domestic chores could be keeping girls from getting adequate exercise.

This aforementioned study was published in The Lancet: Child & Adolescent Health and it found out that kids aged 11 to 17 years are at the lower levels of insufficient physical activity, both in India and Bangladesh.

As per the report, such levels of insufficient physical activity in adolescents continue are very high and this poses serious impediments to their current and future health.

“Urgent policy action to increase physical activity is needed now, particularly to promote and retain girls’ participation in physical activity,” said study author Dr Regina Guthold, WHO.

Not only this, the study also revealed that more than 80 per cent of adolescents worldwide are not active physically and this includes 85 per cent girls and 78 per cent boys. This is a big number and the study says, that their health is seriously compromised and one of the biggest reasons behind the same is the fact that that they spend too much time on screen.

There are also different data which have been reported and as per this, 1.6 million 11 to 17-year-old students – across 146 countries studied between 2001-2016, girls were far less active than boys. The assessment took into account all types of physical activities which include time spent in active play, recreation and sports as well as active domestic chores like walking and cycling

“The trend of girls being less active than boys is concerning,” said study co-author Dr Leanne Riley, WHO. “More opportunities to meet the needs and interests of girls are needed to attract and sustain their participation in physical activity through adolescence and into adulthood,” Riley further added.

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