Writing for The New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds throws a dizzying amount of studies, percentages, and facts proving that America’s youth is more out of shape than ever before. Early in the article, aptly titled This is Our Youth, a study hypothesizes that children’s physical activity peaks at age 2. Excuse me?
A few more takeaway points: most of these statistics hold up regardless of the family’s economic situation; on average, children spend between eight and 10 hours per day in front of a screen, girls are worse off than boys, and this is ultimately a family issue. Get on it, mom and pop. Twelve-year-olds should not be showing symptoms of heart disease.