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Report: Most American Kids Physically Unfit

According to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC News reports more than half of adolescents aged 12 to 15 are considered physically unfit.

The authors of the report tested more than 600 young teenagers on treadmills to measure cardiorespiratory fitness, a measure of how well the heart and lungs can move blood to supply muscles during exercise.

They found that just half of all boys and only a third of all girls in the study met the bare minimum threshold of being called “fit.” Taken as a whole, this meant that only 42 percent of kids were fit. In 2000, by comparison, this figure was 52 percent – lackluster for sure, but still a majority.