In Ireland, only 19 percent of primary schoolchildren and 12 percent of secondary students meet the physical activity recommendations.
That’s according to Kerry MEP Seán Kelly who is calling for more public funding for sport. Recent studies have shown one in four Irish children to be unfit, overweight or obese. Part of the blame for these low levels of activity is being put on too little sport during school. Mr Kelly a former teacher told a recent Brussels conference on the physical inactivity crisis in Europe that PE time at school must be increased. In Ireland, physical inactivity is a leading cause in 8.8 percent of coronary heart disease cases, over 10 percent of type 2 diabetes cases, and is attributed to 15 percent of breast cancer and colon cancer cases.