Over 25 per cent of children in Scotland are not taking enough daily exercise.
As a result of the Scottish Health Survey findings, Dr Sue Robertson – a member of the British Medical Association's Scottish Council – is calling on more to be done to encourage youngsters to get active.
"To maintain good health and stave off obesity, it is recommended that children engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, such as brisk walking [or] running," Dr Robertson stated.
She added the last 20 years has seen the number of kids being driven to school double and so she wants children asked to walk instead.
Once youngsters are into the habit of making the trip to school on foot, it will be second nature to them.
The expert went on to note everyone is in a position to exercise more, but it is important to provide the right environment for physical activity.
Because of this, Dr Robertson would like to see more community-based initiatives introduced in the nation.