A recent study carried out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the University of Western Australia has predicted a looming health tragedy for adolescents globally because of a lack of physical activity.
According to the WHO study published on Friday in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health Journal, over 80 percent of adolescents are putting their present and health at risk by not constantly being physically active.
Data obtained from 1.6 million students in 298 schools across 146 countries showed that 78 percent of boys and 85 percent of girls are not physically active enough.
The researchers stated that at least one hour of physical activity is needed every day.
Now, the researchers say that a vast number of adolescents aged 11 and 17 years are failing to meet this stipulation.
Co-author of the study, Leanne Riley, of WHO, raised the alarm that girls are physically less active than boys.
She called for plans to put in place to attract girls to continually remain physically active from their adolescent to adult stage.
While pointing out the gravity of the situation, the WHO called on leaders at all levels to help highlight the health significance of physical activity among both adolescents and old persons.
The study says that, due to disregard for physical activity, four in every five adolescents do not benefit from the health benefits of physical activity.
WHO stated that physical activity boosts cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone and cardiometabolic health, as well as positive weight effects.
A positive effect on cognitive development and socialising even up to adulthood, WHO said, are other impacts of physical activity.
WHO has therefore issued a rallying call to world leaders to ensure the good health of their subsequent generations.