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Americans between ages of 12 and 29 failing to meet exercise guidelines

Americans between the ages of 12 and 29 are failing to meet exercise guidelines. The news comes from a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

The study states that the most affected groups are girls, African Americans and children from poverty-stricken families. Teenagers and young adults from each group are at risk for developing lifelong health problems due to a lack of physical exercise. 

Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, helped to conduct the research used in the study. He stresses that exercise is inexpensive and it is an important medicine for practitioners. The medical problems that occur due to poor health can cause innumerable financial difficulties due to the rising cost of medical care. 

Duke University’s Dr. Sarah Armstrong was the lead researcher for the study. She and her colleagues collected data from around 9,500 teenagers and young adults between 2007 and 2016.

Participants were questioned about their exercise habits and the level of intensity. The study found that girls and women were less active than their male counterparts. The lowest ranking group in the survey was late 20s black women. Just 45 percent stated they exercised. Black females between the ages of 25 and 29 managed just 33 minutes of exercise a day. 

Meanwhile, researchers found 90 percent of white teenage males stated they completed regular exercise. 

New guidelines on physical fitness state teenagers should get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day. 

Poor exercise habits were not the only items observed by the research group. Teen eating habits were also found to be poor and needing to be improved. The combination of exercise and diet are being seen as the two most important aspects that must be changed to improve health currently. Fewer people are smoking than 30 years ago, and according to Dr. Katz, it is time diet and exercise becomes the focus of health for young people. 

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