Word on the Street: Child fitness declining

An analysis of studies on 250 million children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when

BROOKLYN - An analysis of studies on 250 million children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

Researchers say that on average, children ages 9 to 17 take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975.

Brooklyn residents told News 12 that children are too wrapped up with new technology to go outside and play.

Others said that kids are more fit than adults who are less active because of work schedules.

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