Second, from this extensive review, it was concluded that many children meet the adult criterion of 30 minutes of moderate intensity on most days of the week, but need to do more to prevent the decline in health being witnessed.
Third, the "victim-blaming" language used in the article is unhelpful. Young people are not "too lazy and gluttonous"; they are, like adults, affected by a social and physical environment that is unhelpful in encouraging greater physical activity. Indeed, the article states that we eat no more than we did some years ago.
My fourth point is to disagree with Professor Armstrong's conclusion that the mother is the key role model in the family. Evidence on modelling of physical activity in families is largely equivocal, and certainly there is no clear evidence in favour of either the mother or father; peer modelling influence is far greater.
Finally, the article gave the suggestion that active children make active adults. The data available does not show this at all clearly. This "tracking" of activity happens, a little, from childhood to youth, but the link is very weak indeed from youth to adulthood.
PROFESSOR STUART BIDDLE
Professor of Exercise & Sport Psychology
Loughborough UniversityReuse content