people your age lead sedentary lives.

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    American English
    "To lead a life" means "to live a life." It's talking about your lifestyle: what you do, how you do it, etc.

    "People your age lead sedentary lives" means that people as young as you don't get enough exercise or physical activity.


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    British English (Sussex)
    We often talk about "leading one's life": "He led a double life, married to two women in different towns." "I want to lead a useful life."

    Our dictionary definition (Random House) has:

    to go through or pass (time, life, etc.):to lead a full and happy life.

    The mother is saying "OK, you are not overweight, but kids of your age group don't get any exercise." :confused: Both remarks may be true, but this is a non sequitur - the second remark does not follow logically from the first.
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    American English
    I agree with velisarius that this sentence isn't the soundest.

    Even if you’re not overweight, people your age lead sedentary lives.

    There's something illogical.

    In the context with the preceding sentence, it somehow comes together, but I would consider it borderline incorrect (as a stand-alone sentence).

    But, it seems to be a quote. Who are you gonna put to shame? :)
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