Breaking news from Captain Obvious: Millennials spend too much time on their computers and not enough time exercising.

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what your parents have long been harping on – the nation’s youth are less physically active than they were a decade ago and are rapidly growing more sedentary each year.

Less than a third of Americans ages 12 to 18 are reported to achieve the necessary level of physical activity for their age bracket – an hour of exercise per day. Only 42 percent were deemed ‘physically fit,’ with America’s girls lagging significantly at only 34 percent.

This suggests a 10-percent decline in physical activity since 2004 – a one-percent drop per year.

Electronic usage, meanwhile, has absolutely skyrocketed – with children typically spending eight to 10 hours a day in front of a television or computer screen, according to various epidemiological studies.

And while such findings may seem like yesterday’s reheated news, the CDC’s research struck down the widespread notion that youths’ physical activity levels correlate to social class.

Ethnic background and family income were found to be irrelevant to the findings, which report that affluent children are just as likely to be out of shape as children living below the poverty line.

The explosion of Whole Foods stores and personal trainers have failed to stem our nation’s escalating battle with lethargy. Pervasive computer and iPhone usage, it seems, could be the crux of why Americans are becoming lazier with each passing year.

Read more about this on The New York Times…


Thomas Freeman is Texas-transplant and aspiring journalist trying (but often failing) to navigate New York City. A current NYU student, Thomas also writes articles and manages media content for 20to30.

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