Children Who Receive Physical Education Are More Likely to Be Active Adults, PAC Study Says

In a survey of 30,999 Americans, a majority of those who were exposed to physical education as children reported themselves to be active adults.

Of Americans who received physical education (PE) in school, a vast majority are active as adults and more than one-third are active to at least a "healthy level," according to the Physical Activity Council's (PAC) recently released 2018 Participation Report

"Since PE is a predictor of activity in adulthood and lower-income households depend on PE as their source of fitness, how is it that PE continues to disappear in schools?" the report states.

Click through this gallery to learn how physical education exposure impacts Americans as adults across three broad activity groups: "Inactive," "Active" and "Active to a healthy level and beyond."

(Note: The report measures American adults for their physical education exposure between ages 6 and 17.)

recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 57 percent of children currently ages 2 to 19 will be obese by the time they are 35 years old.

For more insight from the PAC report regarding non-exercisers, click here. For more on demographic-related fitness data, click here.

To view the complete report, click here.

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