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Getting kids active will save billions

by Fiona on May 08, 2017

3 May 2017 I New York Times

Sophisticated computer simulations have been used to calculate how much public money could be saved if children became more active.

If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study. In the United States alone, more than $120bn could be saved annually in health care and associated expenses.The study is the first to use sophisticated computer simulations to arrive at a literal and sobering societal price tag for allowing our children to be sedentary.

Inactivity is, of course, widespread among young people today. Recent research shows that in the United States and Europe, physical activity tends to peak at about age 7 for both boys and girls and tail off continually throughout adolescence. More than two-thirds of children in the United States rarely exercise at all...

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