eneva and her colleagues found most children aren't getting enough exercise and it made no difference if they▓ lived in a rich or a poor country. "With regards to physical activity levels, we did not find much▓ of a difference between poor and ric▓h countries," Guthold told Reuters Health. "Growilargest exp
ng up in a poor country does not necessarily mean that kids get more physical activity." The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, looking at 72,845 schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 from North and South America, Asia, Europe▓, and the Middle East. The children were surveyed between ▓2003 and 2007. The researchers defined adequate physical ▓activity as at least an hour of exercise outside of gym class at least five days a week.
oys and 15 percent of the girls were getting enough exercise by these definitions. A qu▓arter of boys and nearly 30 percent of girls were sedentary a
nd didn't get enough exercise with girls less active than boys in every count▓ry aside from Zambia. Uruguay had the highest percentage of active boys, at 42 percent, while▓ Zambia had the lowest, at 8 percent. Girls frrcent of the c
om In▓dia were the most active, with 37 per▓cent meeting exercise recommendation▓s, while girls from Egypt were the least active, with just 4 percent getting adequate
exercise. Children i▓n Myanmar were the least sedentary, with 13 percent of boys and 8 percent of girls classified as sedentary. The most sedentary nations wer▓e St. Lucia and the Cayman Islands. And the