The results of a major survey on the health of high school students were recently published. At FitSpirit, we realize that promoting physical activity among teenage girls starts with knowing where they are coming from. That’s why we make a point of staying up-to-date on the most recent available data. We use this information to adjust our approach and initiatives to keep them aligned with the demands of the day.
Here are some of the key survey findings:
- More boys are physically active than girls. However, things are looking up for girls, with the proportion of active girls increasing from 11% to 13% since 2010/2011;
- Boys are more likely than girls to report high self-esteem;
- Anxiety, depression and eating disorders have become more prevalent among girls since 2010/2011.
The survey also revealed that students with low levels of physical activity are more likely to experience psychological distress than their active counterparts.
These findings strengthen FitSpirit’s conviction that all girls should have access to high quality sports, outdoor and recreational activities that they can commit to and stick with.
For more information, see our article in VIFA magazine (in French).
TRAORÉ, Issouf, Dominic JULIEN, Hélène CAMIRAND, Maria-Constanza STREET et Jasline FLORES (2018). Enquête québécoise sur la santé des jeunes du secondaire 2016-2017. Résultats de la deuxième édition. L’adaptation sociale et la santé mentale des jeunes, [En ligne], Québec, Institut de la statistique du Québec, Tome 2, 189 p.