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The benefits of sporting achievement for young people

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Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your health. Studies have found that it reduces the risk of major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease by up to 50 per cent. The NHS even describes exercise as a “miracle cure”. This is especially true for young people.

According to a study by Public Health England, one in three children are obese at the time of leaving primary school. This can cause serious harm, such as emotional and behavioural issues, bullying, absence from school and an increased risk of being overweight as an adult. In England, only 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls achieve recommended levels of physical activity, and this decreases as they get older: by the time they’re 15, only 8 per cent of girls meet this requirement.

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