Kids today aren't running nearly as fast as their parents did at the same age. In fact, in a one-mile run, youngsters now are about 1.5 minutes slower on those laps than children 30 years ago, according to a new study.
In the U.S. alone, researchers found that children's cardiovascular endurance — one of the cornerstones of physical fitness — fell an average of 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. The reason is simple: they're carrying too much body fat, making it "more difficult [for them] to move through space," explains lead researcher. Beyond battling obesity, kids also have to contend with an environment that is toxic to activity, he says.
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