IN an international study, the number of hours Hong Kong children exercise was found to have reached the global average. This may sound good… until the grade is revealed to be ‘D’, meaning not even half the children exercise one hour per day.
According to the World Health Organisation (世界衛生組織), lack of exercise is the fourth highest health risk. Exercising strengthens a child’s developing body, especially the bones and muscles. Moreover, a study by a Norwegian (挪威的) university shows that exercising might help stop a child’s depression.
The international study was conducted in 38 countries and cities, and many Asian countries like South Korea fared worse than Hong Kong. Mainland China in fact has the worst grade. Many scientists have chalked the results up to everyone focusing on their smartphones and computers.
Not only do Hong Kong children have a lot of homework, their parents also do not have much time exercising with them either. In this area, Hongkongers should look to the three top countries – Slovenia, the Netherlands and Denmark – all of which have nationwide policies to push their children to exercise more.