Looks like Chinese teens’ physiques aren’t quite up to experts’ standards. Recent reports analyzing the average heights of men in the world have shown that Chinese males aged seven to 17 are around 2.54 centimeters shorter than their Japanese counterparts, according to sports.nandu.com, which also cited experts who say that physical fitness among Chinese teenagers has declined, calling for more exercise among China’s youth (because, you know, working out can make you taller).
The report first focused on the average height of men in Asian countries, listed as follows: South Korean men ranked 18th with an average height of 1.74 meters, Japan ranked 29th with an average height of 1.707 meters and China ranked 32nd with an average height of 1.697 meters.
Wu Zhengxian, from the Beijing Educational Science Institute, further cited two sets of data in the report describing the physical quality of China’s teens, which has apparently gotten worse.
Chinese teenagers’ strength, speed, power, endurance and other physical qualities have been on the decline for the past 25 years, according to the data. Cases of myopia and obesity in children are increasing as well. In a Beijing high school student physical examination from 2012, only ten percent of students qualified as being in top physical condition.
Wu said that although schools are meant to ensure the students exercise at least an hour per day, many principals don’t want to risk injuries on school property, meaning some schools’ sports activities, especially ones involving aggressive physical contact, are being cut.