Study Shows Kids Today Run Slower Than Their Parents

4 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, November 20 2013 Nov 20, 2013 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:54:00 PM CST November 20, 2013 in News
By: Taeler De Haes, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new study shows that kids are running slower than their parents. The American Heart Association on Tuesday showed that on average, kids ages 9 to 17 take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than 30 years ago.

The study analyzed 50 past studies on running fitness conducted between 1964 and 2010. This is the first study to show that children's health worldwide is worsening.

The study also confirmed heart-related fitness also decreased at a rate of 5 percent each decade since 1975.

A former nurse and now crossfit trainer said she notices the influx of obesity not only on the streets, but by by looking at eating habits.

"When I was a nurse, I would see adult patients in the waiting room, sick, eating a bag of Cheetos," Elise James said. "Kids learn from their parents. It's a snowball effect."

She said children do not have the motivation to be outside with the increased use in technology.

"I don't see children playing outside in the streets like you used to. You don't see them in the parks anymore. They're empty. They're playing video games all the time," James said. "Even P.E. classes have been shortened to little to nothing twice a week."

James and her husband are both trainers at CrossFit COMO. They are both getting certified to teach CrossFit for kids at the end of this year and will bring it to Columbia in January.

"It's a conditioning program similar to crossfit and it's geared towards children. The intensity is not the same," James said.

The program will have kids raning in age from 3 to 18.

A doctor at Providence Urgent Care in Columbia said times are different now compared to 30 years ago.

"I've been a physician since 2002. You see a lot of kids that are big," Jason Zerrer. "The schedules are faster, everybody's eating more fast food, processed food. There's just no time. Kids don't have the time to exercise."

Zerrer said he did his residency in Mississippi, the state known for having the reputation of being the fattest. He said Columbia's problem is not as big, but the problem is still prevalent.

"Everywhere you go, you see kids who are overweight," Zerrer said. "I mean, P.E. has been taken out of some schools around the country."

The director of community relations of Columbia Public Schools said the health of children is important.

"We have a very robust physical curriculum in Columbia. We address all types of fitness and nutrition and it is reviewed regularly," Michelle Baumstark said.

 James said it all comes down to time.

"You have to invest into that. You have to realize that the more time you put into your kids, the healthier and happier they will be," she said.

More News

Grid
List
(CNN Money) -- Facebook's ad targeting system is being used by some employers to unlawfully discriminate based on gender, a... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:06:05 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a sheriff's deputy during a chase.... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a 4-year-old child. Police arrested... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:11:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A more than 25-year-old park shelter and playground could say goodbye soon. The replacement of those two... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:52:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council approved the 2019 fiscal year budget Monday for $32,807,390.05. Mayor Carrie Tergin... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 10:13:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department arrested five people Monday for stealing from a Hibbett Sports store in Fulton. ... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 9:49:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of various documents and text messages related to the Russia... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:40:19 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Task Force One continues its work with victims of Hurricane Florence this week. The task force... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Supporters of the "Clean Missouri" initiative endorsed Amendment 1 after a judge ordered removal to take it off... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Police Department has rescinded commendations given to two officers involved in the fatal... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:05:10 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is testing new lights downtown this week to try and curb violence and crime. The new... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
BEVIER - The Macon County deputy who shot a man during an incident in August is back at work. ... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators want a review of sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump's Supreme... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:42:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
PERRYVILLE (AP) — A 9-year-old boy whose bus driver saved him from choking says he now knows why candy isn't... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:38:54 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two groups protested outside the Missouri Department of Corrections Monday morning with hopes of ending the 127... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:21:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved the new city budget Monday night. This was the final hearing for... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says cities and counties skipped out on an extra $698,000 in fees... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 1:05:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
1pm 92°
2pm 90°
3pm 91°
4pm 92°