ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN KIDS BECOME TEENS THEY STOP EXERCISING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
As kids age from 9 to 15, their physical activity declines precipitously. That’s according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins weight management center, says this study sheds light on the scale of the transition.
CHESKIN: It is something that we know but the magnitude is really very interesting, to have people understand that we’re going from age 9 from having a few hours a day of physical activity down to less than an hour, thirty, forty minutes, as teens, and that’s a pretty dramatic decrease. I find it interesting that it is something that parents can probably help do something about. :22
Cheskin says such a loss of activity added to increased consumption explains much of the current epidemic of overweight and obesity among American teenagers, and he calls upon parents to change their own patterns to help reverse this trend. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.