Concerns that Australian kids are getting lazier, ditching the bike and expecting mum and dad “chauffeurs” to transport them to and from school and other activities.
It’s a trend that has left health experts “gravely concerned” about the lack of physical activity for younger generations who are missing out on daily incidental exercise, reports Herald Sun.
They shared that an estimated two thirds of five-year-olds and more than half of nine-year-olds are being driven to school every day, making them among the most “chauffeured” in the world.
Sadly this means sales of children’s bicycles in Australia have plummeted in the last decade, down 28 per cent — or 110,000 bikes — since 2007.
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Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University Rosemary Calder said our reputation as a “sporting, outdoor and leisure-loving nation” was at odds with the reality of young people’s activity levels.
“Almost three million children and young people are not doing enough physical activity,” Prof Calder said.
Our youngest was eight before he could ride a bike, but it wasn’t for lack of trying! It just took him sometime to get the knack.
So a new bike is definitely on his Christmas list this year!
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