A study of over 10 000 canadian children shows that only one-third of them have achieved an acceptable level of what is called the “literacy physical”.
Literacy physical goes beyond the physical form. It includes motivation, self-confidence and knowledge to undertake physical activities that can help children throughout their life.
This also implies abilities to perform basic movements such as throwing, catching, running, kicking and jumping.
According to the senior scientist at the research Institute of the children’s hospital of eastern Ontario (CHEO) Ottawa, Mark Tremblay, the research shows that canadian children aged 8 to 12 years of age do not reach the standards of the literacy physical.
Dr. Tremblay points out that boys and girls across Canada rank at the 30th percentile in the world in terms of health aerobic. Only 20 % of canadian children meet the recommendations on physical activity.
The study was conducted from 2014 to 2017, focused on children from 11 canadian cities and was led by the research Group healthy active living and obesity CHEO. Researchers have not had access to the Quebec students.
The canadian literacy evaluation physics has been published on Tuesday in the form of a supplement in the journal, MC Public Health.
“We hear about the increase in the rate of obesity in children, lower rates of physical activity and the increase in the time spent in front of screens,” said Mr. Tremblay. Literacy physical addresses different aspects of children to give a better overview of their active life and their health in the future.”
“Children with a good literacy physical are children more active and healthy, which prepares them for life.”
More than 100 researchers and clinicians from different fields of study participated in this research.