Countries rated as the best for physical activity in children are Slovenia (grade A-), New Zealand (grade B-) and Zimbabwe.
The Alliance states that ‘digitalisation’ is to blame for the reduced levels of physical activity in the worst offending countries. They claim ‘being active’ is not a way of life for children as it is in those countries that came out on top.
It goes on to suggest that having policies and programmes in place to get children moving fails to make a difference if being active isn’t a ‘cultural norm’.
The Alliance hopes to repeat the study in two or three years’ time with more countries.