Exercise Trends Benny Jones Jr.
Percent of adults who engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity: 31% (2006)
Percent of adults who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity: 39.5% (2006)
At least 60% of the world’s population does not get sufficient exercise
Studies in children and adults have found an association between the number of hours of television watched and the prevalence of obesity. A 2008 meta analysis found that 63 of 73 studies (86%) showed an increased rate of childhood obesity with increased media exposure, and rates increasing proportionally to time spent watching television.
Americans have become less physically active overall between 1955 and 2005.
During 2000 and 2005 the number of adults who were never physically active increased from 9.4% to 10.3% well the number who were engaged in the highest level of physical activity decreased from 18.7% to 16.7%.
When it comes to leisure-time physical activity, the number involved in no activity increased from 38.5% to 40.0% well those who spend most of their day sitting increased from 36.8% to 39.9%.
In 2000 the CDC estimated that more than 40% of the US population was sedentary, another 30% was active but not sufficiently and less than 30% had an adequate level of physical activity.
In the USA the proportion of children who walk or bike to school declined between 1969 (42%) and 2001 (16%) resulting in less exercise.
A 2008 meta analysis found that 63 of 73 studies (86%) showed an increased rate of childhood obesity with increased media exposure, and rates increasing proportionally to time spent watching television.