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Current Fitness Levels
Fit Facts:

  • About 15% of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are seriously overweight.
  • The percentage of children and adolescents who are defined as overweight has nearly tripled, since the early 1970's.


  • Researchers found that 'lowered self-esteem was associated with being overweight in girls as young as 5 years old.


  • 1 in 5 children in the. U.S. are overweight.


  • Children with obesity, ages 10-13, are reported to have a 70% likelihood of obesity persisting into adult years.


  • A report from the CDC states that 61.5% of children ages 9~13years do not participate in any organized physical activity during their non-school hours and that 22.6% do not engage in any free-time physical activity.


  • 26% of American youth watch four or more hours of television per day.


  • 67% of American youth watch two or more hours of television per day.


  • More than half (57%) of American youth have"a TV in their bedroom; 39% have video game equipment; 30% have a VCR;20% have a computer and ,11% have internet access.


  • The American Heart Association recommends that all children ages 2 and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activities every day for at least 3-4 days each week to maintain a good level of cardio respiratory heart and lung fitness.


  • Children and adolescents should be taking 13,000 - 15,000 steps each day to maintain a healthy body.

These facts and statistics were taken from the COC Verb Campaign (www.cdc.qov) and the American Heart Association (