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The diets of many teenagers are severely lacking—and so are their exercise habits. A typical American child spends four to five hours a day watching TV, using the computer or playing video games—and a third of all U.S. children 12 to 19 years old are unfit.

About 30 percent of all teens could not pass a standard fitness test for cardio health, strength and endurance. Jillian says she hates her gym class. "I hate gym with a burning passion," she says. "I hate jogging. I'm going to bawl my eyes out."

Haven says her dad makes her take walks, which she dislikes. "I wheeze a lot when I walk," she says. "It bothers me that I'm out of breath and I sweat too much, even for the littlest thing."
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FROM: Dr. Oz Reports: Why America's Kids Are Fat
Published on January 27, 2009
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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