Girls losing out in physical activity gender gap

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During the recent study conducted by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Women in Sport 25,000 pupils from 138 secondary schools across England and Northern Ireland were interviewed. The results showed that despite both boys and girls realise the importance of physical activity, in reality boys lead way more active lifestyle than girls do.

One of the main reasons for such a gap is dissatisfaction with body image for girls. One in three girls 14-16 years old is unhappy with her body. The authors of the report also named such issues as painful periods, the pressure of academic school work and lack of encouragement from teachers and parents to be causes of reducing exercises.

Recently, YST has been developing a programme that involves girls in the design and delivery of PE and physical activity, which has already reached 50,000 girls in 200 secondary schools.

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