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Reduced physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour: the damage on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Owen, A and Bould, K (2021) Reduced physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour: the damage on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Child Health, 2 (2). ISSN 2633-5417

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Healthy childhood development is fostered through movement behaviours, including sufficient physical activity. This article reviews some of the recently published global studies that have examined the impact of COVID-19 on children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the majority of which have indicated that children’s physical activity behaviours have lessened significantly during these times, while their sedentary behaviours have risen significantly. The authors make some suggestions for ways to encourage and foster physical activity in both children and their families, for example by showing people different ways of staying active and offering other opportunities for physical activity, as well as ensuring the feeling of staying safe and being protected.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Child Health copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the https://doi.org/10.12968/chhe.2021.2.2.64publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Uncontrolled Keywords: covid-19; physical activity; sedentary behaviour; children; family
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: MAG
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 16:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.12968/chhe.2021.2.2.64
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14690

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