Only a fifth of women in the UK are doing enough exercise to be healthy, a report has found. The Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation wants a public debate on how to engage women in physical activity.
It says many women currently feel under more pressure to be thin than healthy and are put off exercise from an early age - typically by school sport.
And women desperately need greater sporting role models than the wives and girlfriends of football stars, it says.
More than 80% of women are not doing enough exercise to benefit their health, and young women are only half as active as male counterparts.
Government guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, but only one in five women currently reaches that target, a survey of over 350,000 people found last year.
Separate research commissioned by the WSFF has found that 90% of women feel under pressure to be thin, and 25% say they "hate the way they look" when they exercise.
Some 40% of girls as young as seven, meanwhile, do not want to be seen as sporty.
"There is a fundamental mismatch between girls' views of their bodies' functions as passive and decorative, and the use of the body as active and functional in sport," the report says.
"Many girls also dislike the practical requirement of having to alter their dress and appearance in a way that conflicts with their images of femininity in order to take part in PE." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7094936.stm (BBCNEWS) <--ここまで引用-->
engage : （注意を）引きつける put off (doing) - : ～するのを嫌がる counterpart : 対応するもの、もう一方の moderate : 適度な、極端でない