Statistics show Taiwanese children and teens don’t exercise enough

  • 12 June, 2019
  • Jake Chen
Statistics show Taiwanese children and teens don’t exercise enough. (CNA Photo)

Children and teenagers in Taiwan are getting some of the lowest levels of exercise in the world. That’s when measured against standards set by the WHO.

The WHO says that children and teenagers need to exercise at least seven hours, or 420 minutes, per week. According to statistics from schools in Taiwan, however, most students fall far below that standard.

The figures show that elementary school students only get around 6% of the exercise suggested by the WHO. Middle and high school students don’t measure up well either, getting just 5.4% and 12% of the recommended amount of exercise respectively. This means that Taiwanese children get among the lowest levels of exercise in the world.

Chang Chen-kang, the vice-president of National Taiwan University of Sports, says that children in Taiwan don’t get much exercise outside of their P.E. classes. He says children have little opportunity to exercise due to a heavy work load at school. Time spent using mobile phones and in cram school classes adds to this problem. He says that parents and schools should find ways to make sure all children and teenagers get at least an hour of exercise each day.

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