A health survey of 18,549 Delhi children done by Sportz Village Schools indicated that an alarming 51% of Delhi children have an unhealthy BMI. These findings are part of the group’s 11th Annual Health Survey (AHS), which included 2,54,681 students aged 7 to 17 from 364 schools in 250 cities and towns across India. According to the poll, not only do children in Delhi have low fitness levels, but youngsters all around India do as well. The fundamental reason for this is the new normal caused by Covid-19, which forces sedentary lifestyles.
This type of lifestyle has had a significant impact on the children, with online education and little to no physical activity, which has had a significant impact on their physical and mental health.
The most important facts about children’s health and fitness in Delhi
- BMI: 1 in 2 children are unhealthy
- Upper Body Strength: 3 in 5 children are unhealthy
- Lower Body Strength: 2 in 3 children are unhealthy
- Abdominal strength: 1 in 6 children are unhealthy
- Flexibility: 2 in 5 children are unhealthy
- Aerobic Capacity (AECAP): 9 in 10 children are unhealthy
- Anaerobic Capacity (ANAECAP): 2 in 5 children are unhealthy
The national health evaluation examined children’s health based on the following fitness parameters: BMI, Aerobic Capacity, Anaerobic Capacity, Abdominal or Core Strength, Flexibility, Upper Body Strength, and Lower Body Strength.
According to the national survey, one in every two children does not have a healthy BMI. Furthermore, the percentage of children with healthy levels of Aerobic Capacity and Core Strength decreased by 33% and 10%, respectively, throughout this time period.
(Sportz Village is a youth sports platform founded in 2003 that aims to enhance children’s health and fitness by getting 100 million youngsters to play.)
(News input: India Today)