This shocking statistic highlights how unfit our society at large is.
Prisoners, with their famously limited outdoor recreational time spend more time enjoying fresh air than our children – who freely have a choice.
Treehugger.com have reported that while the average prisoner in the U.S spends 2 hours of activity outdoors per day, the average child spends just half of that – a paltry 1 hour enjoying the great outdoors.
The obesity epidemic is especially worrying in the child demographic, as you are far more likely to stay obese as an adult is you have been overweight in your youth.
Several factors have contributed to a rise in waistlines across the globe, and the sedentary way we live our lives plays a huge part.
Video games are the go-to pastime for many children, this coupled with the perceived dangers of the ever-hostile world has driven parents to naturally want their children to be indoors for the majority of the time, away from possible risks.
The data was collected on behalf of Unilever’s Persil brand for their recent marketing campaign entitled ‘Dirt is Good’. 10 different countries across the world, and over 12,000 parents where surveyed, and they revealed that their children (aged between 5 and 12) spent less than 30 minutes outside per day.
The Huffington post reported similar statistics stating that children these days spend only half of the time their parents did outdoors.
Outdoor time is especially important to prisoners, as inmates from a high security prison in Indiana commented, it was the ‘highlight’ of their day.
One inmate commented “You take all your problems and frustrations and just leave them out there,” while another remarked “it keeps his mind right.”
The prisoners said they felt shocked when they learned how children were freely choosing to spend such a small amount of time outdoors.
The importance of outdoor time cannot be understated. Exercise is essential for a healthy body and mind, it helps children hone physical skills, and hand-eye co-ordination plus boosts levels of Vitamin D.