A new survey has revealed that young people are not getting as much exercise as they should, meaning they are not as physically fit as previous generations and generally less healthy.
According to a poll of 1,083 youngsters aged between seven and 18, 89% of children spend far less time engaged in physical activity than is recommended by the Department of Health. Taken as a representative sample for the whole of the country, this equates to eight million young people, according to campaign group KidsOutdoors.
The survey also found that 7% of youngsters spend no time at all participating in outdoor physical activities which are not arranged by school. Department of Health guidelines state that children, even those of a healthy weight, should aim to be active for at least one hour a day.
KidsOutdoors, which is led by The Scout Association, is calling for more children to take part in outdoor events.
Peter Duncan, Chief Scout, said: "As families are forced to tighten their spending, more people are looking to their local communities for outdoor activities.
"Outdoor adventure and activities have numerous benefits - including helping to tackle obesity and providing opportunities for young people from all walks of life to enjoy new experiences."