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Young Scots 'least active in UK'

Children in Scotland are the least active in the UK, the first major assessment of global health for young people has found. 

Young Scots were scored an 'F' on league tables ranking physical activity and screen-based leisure time. 

Most Scottish boys spend more than four hours a day watching television and playing computer games. England scored an overall 'D+' for overall physical activity.  

Fifteen countries submitted data to the Global Matrix of children's physical activity, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, Finland, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, and the United States.

The Matrix assessed: 

- Overall physical activity 

- Organised sport participation 

- Active play

- Active transportation

- Sedentary behaviours 

- Family and peers

- School

- Community 

- Build environment. 

However, Scotland did rank highly for “national policies, strategies and investments in relationship to child activity” and for “having a supportive community for child activity”.