Barely one in 10 Scottish children at end of primary school do enough exercise every day

The Telegraph reports that barely one in 10 Scottish children in the later years of primary school do the minimum recommended hour of physical activity every day, according to an “alarming” major report published yesterday.

The Scottish Government study found only 11 per cent of 10 and 11-year-old children achieve the requirement for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

But the data, which was gathered using activity monitors, showed that children are sedentary for an average of 7.5 hours a day compared to only 73 minutes doing moderate to vigorous physical activity.

The results suggested boys are more active than girls, but found no significant differences between children from deprived and affluent backgrounds.

The findings were published after a separate report earlier this year found that Scottish youngsters are among the unhealthiest in Europe, with 28 per cent overweight or obese.

Miles Briggs, the Scottish Tories’ Shadow Health Minister, said: “From a public health perspective, it’s alarming that so few children are doing enough exercise each day. We’ve always known activity levels in Scotland are lower than they should be. But people will be stunned that just nine per cent of youngsters are doing enough.”

Iain Gray, Scottish Labour’s education spokesman, said: “SNP ministers have repeatedly failed to deal with this crisis, with the number of home economics teachers having plummeted since they came to power and the SNP government failing to provide outdoor sports facilities to schools.”

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