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英国少儿被称为“最不爱运动一代”

2014-04-10    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Lazy lifestyles reducing British life expectancy: experts

Today's British people are "the least active generation in history" and that lack of exercise is leading to around 37,000 premature deaths a year, according to a parliamentary report published on Tuesday.

Published by the All Party Commission on Physical Activity, the report calls for radical changes to "turn back the toxic tide of inactivity," including altering the way schools are run to ensure that children take more exercise, and changes in town and transport planning in order to make it easier for people to make more journeys on foot or by bicycle.

"Physical inactivity leads to around 37,000 premature deaths a year - a number that is more than all deaths from murder, suicide and accident combined," The report read. "Lack of physical activity is estimated to double the rate of absenteeism at work, and to cost the UK economy billions every year."

According to the report, just half of seven-year-olds are meeting government recommendations to have an hour's moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, with levels of activity halving again between the age of nine and 15. More than a third of adults also fail to meet daily recommended levels.

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, said, "Today's children are the least active generation in history."

"They also might be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. That's not progress, that's moving backwards, and physical inactivity may be a bigger culprit than we think," Coe said.

相关新闻:英国政府8日发表的一份报告说,如今英国少年儿童普遍运动量不足,有可能导致其平均寿命低于他们的父母一代。

报告作者之一、伦敦奥组委主席塞巴斯蒂安•科表示,如今的英国少年儿童可能是历史上最不爱运动的一代,他们也可能成为平均寿命低于父母的第一代人,这将是一种倒退。

这份报告由一个跨党派议会委员会完成,将提交给英国首相卡梅伦。

目前英政府部门对少儿体育锻炼的建议是,每天进行至少一小时“中度至剧烈”程度的运动。但报告显示,仅有约一半的7岁左右儿童和四分之一的9至15岁少儿能够达到要求。

统计显示,如今,英国人的平均运动量比1961年低约24%,与缺乏运动有关的糖尿病、心脏病等疾病的患病率显著上升,每年给英国经济带来的损失超过200亿英镑(约合334亿美元)。

这份报告建议,英国社会各方面都应行动起来,促使其国民积极参与体育锻炼。学校可组织学生成立健康俱乐部、增加课间活动;同时还应增加自行车道、人行道等设施,鼓励人们减少乘车出行。(新华网)



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