Modern life leaves British children weaker

Ten-year-olds are physically weaker than their counterparts were a decade ago according to a new report by researchers at Essex University.

“This is probably due to changes in activity patterns among English 10-year-olds, such as taking part in fewer activities like rope-climbing in PE and tree-climbing for fun. Typically, these activities boosted children’s strength, making them able to lift and hold their own body weight.” said Dr Gavin Sandercock, the lead author at Essex University.

Dr Sandercock, a fitness expert, and his team studied how strong a group of 315 Essex 10-year-olds in 2008 were compared with 309 children the same age in 1998. They found that even though children had the same height to weight ratio, they were becoming weaker, less muscular and unable to do physical tasks that previous generations found simple, research has revealed. In particular, the number of sit-ups 10-year-olds can do declined by 27.1 per cent between 1998 and 2008, arm strength fell by 26 per cent and grip strength by seven per cent and twice as many children (one in 10) could not hold their own weight when hanging from wall bars.

Dr Sandercock said some of the findings were “really shocking”.

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