Yet another reason to get your child off the couch: Fit children have healthy lungs later, new research suggests.
“This study shows that children who are physically fit go on to have better lung function as young adults,” said lead researcher Bob Hancox.
“We think that this could reduce the risk of them developing chronic lung diseases as they get older,” said Hancox, a respiratory specialist at the University of Otago, in New Zealand.
Chronic lung conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are a leading cause of ill health around the world, the research team noted.
This study included more than 1,000 participants in New Zealand and more than 1,300 in Denmark. The New Zealanders had their fitness levels and lung function checked at ages 15, 26, 32 and 38. Similar assessments were done in Denmark at ages 9, 15, 21 and 29.
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