Exercise Professionals - Dramatic rise in childhood obesity reignites call for summer holidays rethink...
24 Sep 2018 Exercise professionals: News, jobs and training
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

14 Oct 2017

Dramatic rise in childhood obesity reignites call for summer holidays rethink
BY Deven Pamben

If current trends continue more youngsters will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022

If current trends continue more youngsters will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022

A 'shocking' rise in childhood obesity figures means Britain must act now or risk the scales tipping further, according to ukactive.

The number of obese children worldwide has risen tenfold since 1975 and if current trends continue more youngsters will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to projections in a study by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“These shocking statistics only further demonstrate that Britain needs to take a proactive holistic approach to tackling childhood obesity,” said Jack Shakespeare, head of ukactive Kids.

“This is why ukactive is calling for sugar levy money to be spent outside the school term, opening empty school facilities in the holidays. These would offer a range of activities to encourage children to develop healthy lifestyle habits.

“An all-inclusive strategy that promotes regular physical activity, a sensible diet and a commitment to mental wellbeing is the only way to improve children’s health as a whole, and programmes should be geared towards providing all of these.”

The research, published in The Lancet this week, analysed weight and height measurements from nearly 130 million people (31.5 million people aged five to 19, and 97.4 million aged 20 and older), making it the largest ever number of participants involved in an epidemiological study.

Using the body mass index, the study shows obesity rates in the world’s children and adolescents increased from less than one per cent (equivalent to five million girls and six million boys) in 1975 to nearly six per cent in girls (50 million) and nearly eight per cent in boys (74 million) in 2016.

Combined, the number of obese youngsters rose from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016, while 75 million girls and 117 boys million were moderately or severely underweight.

In conjunction with the release of the study, the WHO is publishing a summary of the Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Implementation Plan.

Dr Fiona Bull, programme coordinator for surveillance and population-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases at the WHO, said: “Countries should aim particularly to reduce consumption of cheap, ultra-processed, calorie dense, nutrient poor foods. They should also reduce the time children spend on screen-based and sedentary leisure activities by promoting greater participation in physical activity through active recreation and sports.”

In 2016 the obesity rate was highest in Polynesia and Micronesia, followed by the high-income English-speaking regions, which includes the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

The areas of the world with the largest increase in the number of obese children and adolescents were East Asia, the high-income English-speaking region, and the Middle East and North Africa.




Connect with
Exercise Professionals
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
EXOS founder Mark Verstegen: 'gym operators need to realise the landscape is changing'
EXOS founder Mark Verstegen: 'gym operators need to realise the landscape is changing'   21 Sep 2018

Mark Verstegen, founder and CEO of human performance specialist EXOS, has said that health clubs and gyms need to become better at delivering results, .... more>>
Myzone secures Snap Fitness partnership deal
Myzone secures Snap Fitness partnership deal   21 Sep 2018

Fitness tech firm Myzone has signed a deal with Snap Fitness which will see the franchise operator's clubs in the US, Australia and New Zealand .... more>>
PROMOTION: Les Mills offering 'opportunity of a lifetime' in New Zealand to experienced club manager
PROMOTION: Les Mills offering 'opportunity of a lifetime' in New Zealand to experienced club manager   21 Sep 2018

Global fitness company Les Mills has launched a search for an experienced manager to lead its flagship club in Auckland City, New Zealand. As well .... more>>
Core signs tech deal with Motosumo – will 'transform' its Schwinn indoor cycling offer
Core signs tech deal with Motosumo – will 'transform' its Schwinn indoor cycling offer   21 Sep 2018

American fitness giant Core Health & Fitness has signed a strategic partnership with Danish tech firm Motosumo, with the aim of "revolutionising" .... more>>
Boom Cycle to open fifth London site in early 2019
Boom Cycle to open fifth London site in early 2019   20 Sep 2018

Boutique fitness operator Boom Cycle will launch its fifth site next year. Scheduled to open early 2019, the new indoor cycling club in London's .... more>>
DLL to roll out Blaze format across 49 clubs following pilot success
DLL to roll out Blaze format across 49 clubs following pilot success   20 Sep 2018

David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) will invest more than £15m in rolling out its new hi-tech, studio-based Blaze concept across 49 health clubs. Blaze .... more>>
Company profile


Balanced Body®

Balanced Body® instructor training is available in the UK and at over 250 sites worldwide.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

 Elemental Herbology launches  new Coconut Shell Cream Body Scrub Treatment

Elemental Herbology launches new Coconut Shell Cream Body Scrub Treatment

Elemental Herbology is delighted to announce a new, full-body exfoliating treatment designed to gently buff and polish, for healthy, glowing skin. More>>




in this issue

• PHE: prevention key to NHS strategy
• Jetts Fitness targets further UK growth
• GNH merges with Hotel Partnership



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Operations Manager
Salary: Circa £22,000 dependant on qualifications and experience
Location: Thetford, UK
Company: Parkwood Leisure
Personal trainer
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Glasgow, UK
Company: énergie group
Apprenticeships
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Qualified Gym Consultant
Location: Battersea, London, UK
Company: Stars Gym
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018

MAPIC Russia

Expocentre, Moscow, Russia


23-24 Sep 2018

The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa - Long Beach

Long Beach Convention Center , Long Beach, United States



Health Club Management magazine 2018 issue 9
Health Club Management
2018 issue 9

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Wellness: Wellness rooms
A trend is emerging for hotels and resorts to support the health and wellbeing of guests with in-room fitness offerings. We take a closer look More>>
  Ask an expert: Stress resilience
Research shows that millennials are now more stressed than those who lived through the world wars. We look at whether gyms can help their members to develop their resilience More>>


Health Club Management magazine 2018 issue 8

Health Club Management
2018 issue 8

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Pool Management: Pools of profit
Our panel of experts share ideas for making your pools more profitable – and useful for your members More>>
  Tech: Inside track
Bodyscanning systems are developing fast. We take a look at the latest innovations More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd