Children's diets now worse than they were 50 years ago
The majority of adults believe children are less active and are eating less healthier diets than 50 years ago, a new survey has found.
The research also revealed that 90pc of Irish people believe technology is having a negative impact on the level of activity children take part in. Despite recognising that there are increased opportunities for children to get involved in community sports, some 73pc (76pc among the over 50s) believe that children today are less physically active than five decades ago.
Less than half of those surveyed (46pc) believe more children participate in sports and community activities today than when they themselves were children.
The study was carried out to coincide with the Aldi Community Games August National Festival in Abbotstown, Co Dublin, this weekend. Now in its 50th year, the games have seen sporting greats such as Roy Keane, Sonia O'Sullivan and Tommy Bowe participate in years gone by.
Some 4,000 children will travel from around the country to the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus this weekend.
Regional champions are brought together to compete across a range of individual and team sports such as indoor soccer, the long puck and modern dance. More than five million children have taken part in Aldi Community Games over the past 50 years.