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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):652. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430042016

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"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders, and love to chatter in place of exercise."

No, this is not one of the current criticisms about the fitness of our youth. It was written by Socrates some 2,400 years ago. But it is similar to the indictments leveled against the present generation of youngsters. Personally, I am a little tired of those who bemoan and bewail the lack of fitness in our youth. I believe our youth is healthier than ever before.

I say this for many reasons. Statistics show that our youth today is taller and heavier on the average than any previous generation. They show that longer years of life are in store for today's youth, that chances of living to start school are better than 96 in 100, and that chances of living through the school years (5-18)

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