Teens Less Active Than Adults
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Playing outside is not cool for teens anymore. "Hip" kids text, retweet, and update statuses from the luxury of their couch.
A new study finds teens these days are even less active than their parents!
Onesti Barnet is 13 years old, she says she literally texts all day long, "It's fun and then you don't feel like doing anything because after you eat all the chips you don't want to do anything you just sit down and watch TV."
Jadon is 10 years old. He loves going outside but his parents reframe from letting him as do so many other parents due to crime concerns,"Sometimes my parents say I can't come out."
Dan and Kim Thyer feel it's dangerous to let their kids run off, "We put restrictions on our kids and we keep them inside and we keep them in the neighborhood because of crime."
According to a study in the Lancet, eight out of 10 kids ages 13 to 15 don't get enough exercise.
Certified personal trainer Corey Mickerson feels parents are partly to blame,"I think kids are less active because parents aren't active. I think kids are falling victim to social networking games systems."
Facebook, computer games and movies are keeping our children indoors. Why not get active together. Mickerson agrees, "I think if the parents would get more involved in activities and bring the kids along then that could be a segue to helping everybody."
This is exactly what Onesti's mom Charlene is doing,"Both of us together. Me being out here encouraging her helps her want to come out with me."