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Decline in Teen Physical Fitness a Major Concern in China

According to an article in China Review News, Chinese teenager’s physical health continues to decline. A research study showed that, from 2005 to 2009, the measure of power, speed and endurance, and instantaneous reactions among teenage students had gotten worse. A lack of physical exercise was cited as the major contributor. According to the article, middle school students spent an average of 11 hours a day at school including travel time, plus an additional two hours on homework or reviews. The study showed that only 9.34 percent of middle school students and 14.89 percent of high school students participate in after school sports activities in China compared to 57.39 percent, which is the average rate for Japan, the U.S., England, Australia, and Singapore.

Source: China Review News, July 6, 2013