It was found that the proportion of children with obese tendencies was the highest in many grades of elementary and junior high school students last year, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which conducted the survey, believes that the decrease in physical activity due to the influence of the new corona is a factor.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been investigating the growth status of public and private kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools, and high schools nationwide by extracting some of the results of health checkups, and the survey period that was until June for the last three years due to the influence of the new coronavirus has been extended to the end of the fiscal year.
Last year, the proportion of children with obesity tendencies was 3.6% for boys in the fifth grade of elementary school and 5.15% for the third grade of junior high school, the highest in both grades from the fifth grade to the third year of junior high school since the current calculation method was adopted in 1.
The percentage of girls was 3.11% in the sixth grade, the highest since 3 in all grades except the second grade.
On the other hand, the percentage of naked-eye visual acuity of less than 5.3 is 2006.6% for elementary school students, 10.5% for junior high school students, and 2.2006% for high school students, all of which have increased by more than 1 percentage points over the past 0 years and are the highest since the survey began in 37.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) said that it is not possible to simply compare with past figures because the survey period is different, but "It seems that the new corona has changed lifestyle habits and decreased the amount of exercise.