Childhood Obesity

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The Problem:

  • The number of children affected by obesity has tripled since 1980 and this can be traced in large part due to lack of exercise and poor diet
  • Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and all the problems that go with this
  • 34% of preschool children have a TV in their bedroom
  • The average amount of time preschool children spend watching TV daily is 2.2 hours
  • In 1981, 50% of school children walked to school
  • By 2014, this had halved to only 25%


So what is causing this problem?

  • Only 20% of our school children are meeting the government guidelines of 60 minutes physical activity per day
  • So 4 out of every 5 children are not getting enough exercise to stay healthy
  • 1 child in every 4 is overweight or obese
  • Many children do not meet the dietary recommendations for fruit and vegetables, and are consuming far too much sugar
  • 20% of the energy intake from a child’s diet comes from sugary drinks, sweets, biscuits, confectionary, chocolate and cake


The consequences of this obesity;

All this obesity leads to many problems, both in the short & long term:

Short term effects:

  • Physical development
  • Problems with bone health
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Psychological & Social issues

Long term effects:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes


What are the benefits of physical activity?

  • Agility, balance and co-ordination
  • Improved self esteem and mood
  • Better energy levels (both Physical & Mental)
  • Better sleep quality
  • Better Physical Fitness
  • Better ability to concentrate and learn


So what can we do to correct this issue?

Key tips for parents:
  • Replace screen time with active games
  • Build activity into everyday routines
  • Get involved and get active (it will improve your health also)
  • Get your child involved in a club of their preferred activity (it will be good for them socially too)
  • Children don’t have to do it all at once. They can build it up over the day