A comparison of 15-year-olds across two generations -- believed to be the first study to directly compare the physical fitness of two generations of 15-year-old New Zealanders -- has found there has been a decline in adolescent physical fitness.
The decline in fitness between generations has been accompanied by an increase in body weight, in keeping with global trends of increasing body weight among children and young people.
Fitness - Exercise - Cycle - Members - Dunedin
Fitness was measured on an exercise cycle among members of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study when they were aged 15 in 1986/1987. The same fitness test was done on 343 of their 15-year-old children between 2007 and 2015.
The decline in fitness was particularly noticeable for girls who weighed more and were less fit than their mothers had been at the same age. The decline in fitness among boys was smaller, but they were also less fit than their fathers had been at age 15, once body weight was taken into account.
Researchers - Dr - Helena - McAnally - Girls
One of the researchers Dr Helena McAnally says that while both girls and boys were less fit than their parents had been, the change was particularly noticeable for girls whose fitness...
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