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Nearly 1 in 4 Kids Feels Video Games Are Exercise

Nearly 1 in 4 Kids Feels Video Games Are Exercise

"Out of Control...We Have To Stop Them And We Will"

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 30, 2015 – The results of a recent study revealed a shocking state of mind among kids.  Nearly 25 percent of British children consider electronic gaming as a form of exercise.  The story appeared in Daily Timesa recent edition of the Daily Times.  

These findings were released by the Youth Sport Trust charity.  The charity conducted a survey by contacting 1,000 children who were aged 5 to 16.  Nearly one-quarter of the children in the survey classified playing a video game with a friend as a form of sport or exercise.  Even more shocking is that the percentage rose to 31 percent among seven and eight year old children.Kis Sedentary Devices

One other finding from the study revealed that children are spending roughly three hours a day glued to some type of screen activity.  The children surveyed are also accessing other sedentary options such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

The Youth Sport Trust also noted that the lives of many children are (1) “consumed by technology,” (2) they use social media to communicate with one another, and (3) they are not interested in P.E. or school sports.  The leadership of the Youth Sport Trust says the best solution is to make P.E. and school sport a priority.  

While the attitude about video gaming in Great Britain is a major concern, matters in the United States are not much better – possibly worse.  Case in point.  Last summer, Robert Morris University (Chicago, IL) announced the addition of an online sport to its athletic program.  And, the university was planning to give athletic scholarships, beginning last fall, to students for video gaming.  

And, in a separate recent survey, 24 percent of teenagers stated “they are constantly online.”

“These trends are out of control and have to stop. Kids are being trapped by technology and other sedentary devices. And, we at PHIT America plan to stop them.  The landscape for physical activity is not good since 83 million Americans are totally inactive, only six states require P.E. in every grade.  Is there any wonder what is causing the percentage of children to be inactive after looking at these surveys?”  states PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh.   “Is there any wonder why 80 percent of children are at high risk of disease due to inactivity? As a country, we need to start getting our children and students active and provide financial incentives for them to remain active.”

PHIT America is attacking this issue of physical inactivity in multiple ways:

  1. PHIT America is jump-starting more activity in schools by giving out Go! Grants to schools which have no or very limited P.E
  2. PHIT America is pushing common sense pro-activity legislation, the PHIT Act and PEP Programs, both of which will fuel more active lifestyles for children
  3. PHIT America will release its own technology device later this year which will help parents control the amount of time their children are using technology
  4. And, later this year, PHIT America will launch a documentary educating parents on the inactivity issues and how to get their kids more active and healthy

Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit campaign focused on overcoming the severe ramifications of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ through three strategic approaches – education, supporting school-based activity programs, and advocating – which will get Americans, especially our youth, more active, fit and healthy.