Forced sedentary lifestyle of young people: a “time bomb”

The promise to reopen soon the sports clubs for minors will make it possible to move teenagers and children who sink into a sedentary lifestyle, a real “time bomb”.

According to a study by the National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary Life (Onaps), carried out on 28,000 people, “42% of children and 59% of adolescents” have experienced an “alarming reduction in activity. physical “during confinement,” 36% of children and 26% of adolescents “saw their time sitting or lying down increased.

“We know that a child’s level of physical activity determines his health at time T but also his level of physical activity and his health in the future”, explains David Thivel, researcher in physiology at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, and member of Onaps. So, “restricting physical activity in children is also putting their future health in danger a little, if this continues over time”, summarizes Mr. Thivel.

15-year-old diabetics!

Because “sedentary lifestyle is a time bomb”, explains François Carré, cardiologist and sports doctor at the Rennes University Hospital, who evokes the occurrence of type 2 diabetes in 15-year-old teenagers, a pathology that we did not see before 40 years until then.

The consequences of long hours spent sitting are indeed well known: overweight, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes but also more stress, and anxiety. Another phenomenon, sitting in front of your screen “changes nutritional control,” says Thivel. Hence the snacking, and the devastating association of sedentary lifestyle and junk food.

At the start of September, sports clubs reopened but despite health protocols, they did not refuel. “There is a 30% decrease in licenses among young people,” Frédéric Sanaur, director of the National Sports Agency, said this week. The re-containment has once again brought the clubs to a standstill.