Although children have a seemingly infinite supply of energy, they lead more sedentary lives than most parents think, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The study tracked physical activity data of nearly 2,000 British school children across 92 schools between April and July 2007. Its results showed 39 percent of girls and 18 percent of boys studied were getting less than an hour of physical activity each day. Overall, 80 percent of parents of inactive children wrongly thought that their child was sufficiently active.
Surprisingly, researchers found:
The lower the children's fat mass index, the more likely it was that parents overestimated their children's physical activity level.