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Physical activity in children starts to decrease by age seven

Physical activity levels may start to tail off as young as seven, rather than during adolescence as is widely thought, say UK researchers. 
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Physical activity levels may start to tail off as young as seven, rather than during adolescence as is widely thought, say UK researchers.

They tracked the physical activity levels of about 400 children taking part in the Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study in north east England between 2006 and 2015.

Physical activity levels were measured at ages seven, nine, 12 and 15, using a small portable monitor called an Actigraph. Worn for seven days at a time, the device recorded activity for 15-second intervals.

19.8%

of children aged 10-11 were obese and 14.3% were overweight in 2015-16

Source: Public Health England

The researchers found that the total volume of activity fell from the age of seven onwards in

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