Physical activity and obesity
Are children becoming less active?It’s true that young children are the most active age group across the lifespan, but their physical activity levels have decreased in the last 30 years due to a range of environmental factors. During this time the prevalence of overweight and obesity in young children has increased. (Click to expand)
Why be active?Regular physical activity has many health benefits for young children in addition to maintaining a healthy weight, including:
- stronger bones
- better cognitive development
- psychosocial and cardio-metabolic health
- increased competence in gross motor skills
Preventing Childhood Obesity: an Early Start to Healthy Living
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