Sept 26, 2018, BBC News: Fall in strength and fitness of 10-year-olds, study shows https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45651719 Children are weaker and less fit than they were 16 years ago, according to a British study. Researchers compared the strength and fitness of 10-year-olds from Essex between 1998 and 2014. They found children had become heavier and taller but scored worse in tests including sit-ups and grip strength - and the decline has been speeding up. Authors said the findings were "worrying" and called for more fitness testing in schools. Researchers from the University of Essex carried out strength and fitness tests, along with taking weight and height measurements, on 1,200 children from Chelmsford in 1998, 2008 and 2014.