Just 21% of boys exercise enough

Only a fifth of boys now get enough exercise - a "significant" drop on previous years.

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Just 21 percent of boys aged two to 15 get an hour of exercise every day as recommended by the NHS

Only a fifth of boys now get enough exercise - a "significant" drop on previous years.

Just 21% of boys aged two to 15 get an hour of exercise every day as recommended by the NHS, down from 28% in 2008.

The picture worsens among older boys, with just 14% of those aged 13 to 15 getting enough exercise in 2012, half the figure in 2008 (28%).

The picture is also bleak for girls, with only 16% getting an hour of exercise a day, similar to four years previously.

Only 8% of girls aged 13 to 15 get this much, down from 14% in 2008, according to the England-wide data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Of all those surveyed, t wo-thirds of children who attended school in the last week had walked to or from school on at least one occasion.

Overall, 93% of boys and 92% of girls had participated in some type of physical activity in the last week.

The data also showed that, in 2012, 67% of men and 55% of women aged 16 and over met recommended guidelines of at least 150 minutes per week of moderately intensive exercise.

Men and women of a healthy weight were more likely to meet the guidelines. Among obese men, 59% met the guidelines, compared to 75% of healthy-weight men.

Some 48% of obese women met the guidelines, compared to 64% of healthy-weight women.