I believe that this case study research of child obesity and
its’s correlation with their sports participation is a very important study
because for years the government have been looking for a suitable solution to
reduce the rising number of children which are currently obese. This study is
important as it is essential that each child and their parents know the advantages
of maintaining good health by engaging in some sort of activity for at least an
hour a day, and by eating correctly too so that there are no health risks for
young children. With this study, I hope to find out some key reasons as to why
young children predominately aged 5-10 become obese at such a young age and
what’s their parents attitude towards this. Childhood obesity are problems that
will only become even worse and have negative long-term influences on the
health of the child. There are a lot of factors as to why the children end up
to the point of being obese. These can include things such as genetic factors,
low levels of physical activity and increased levels of being sedentary and the
most common factor is their lifestyle and diet.

 

According to (Thibault and Rolland-Cachera 2003) Childhood
obesity is now being considered to be major public health problems and the
increasing problem will have major health consequences which are likely to have
an impact on the lives of a high percentage of children. This can also
potentially represent a significant drain on healthcare resources if appropriate
action isn’t taken to try and reduce the growing numbers of young children who
are deemed as obese (Ehtisam et al 2004). A recurring theme in the journal
articles that I have observed and read is that a common cause of childhood
obesity is that there is a major imbalance between the intake of energy and the
expenditure.

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A hugely growing number of children as young as 5 years old
are currently being identified as obese, which in turn is sparking major
concern for the youth into account the body mass index of the children.  Body mass index (BMI) is a person’s weight in
kilograms divided by their height, according to the BMI measurements if a
person has a BMI of 27.3 or more than they are officially categorised as obese.
Child obesity is on the rise again unfortunately and it is a key issue that
needs to be addressed.

The underlining problem with child obesity is obviously the
huge health risks that come with it, childhood obesity can have a very harmful
and dangerous effect on the body in a variety of ways. Children with this
problem are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol
for example. Obese children are more likely to grow and develop into obese
adults which can end up being more severe. Another problem with this topic is
that children with this weight problem are also more likely to have a low
self-esteem and this may be the reason as to things such as anti-social
behaviour and psychological problems which can easily continue into adulthood.

 

In terms of sport development being obese seriously puts the
child at a disadvantage, an example would be in athletics PE lesson, if the
obese child shows that they aren’t able to perform at a high-level due to their
weight might make them fall out of love with sport and they could end up
thinking that there is no point in participating, so they become even more sedentary
and watch their weight problems worse and become more severe. A possible
solution to children with obesity would be that local volunteers or coaches in
the community come together and deliver a multi-sports camp for children aged
5-10 which would be free and the sessions would last for an hour on a specific
day every week after school for example or on the weekends. This would help fix
the problem that the obese children aren’t doing anything to help keeping
active and eventually steer them clear from obesity. In order to help persuade those
that would benefit from the sessions to come, the council or school should open
these sessions to those who have limited ability in sport and would like to
come practice and improve in a variety of sports. This means that all the
children who would be attending would have a common interest which would be to improve
their ability to play a range of sports such as football, tag rugby, basketball
etc.

 

 

However, for this sport sessions to have an instant impact on
the children’s health, it’s extremely important that a doctor or health expert
are able to sit some parents down who’s child is obese and explain to them how
dangerous it is if the child carries on living their current lifestyle. At the
end of the day it’s also worth noting that the children are not able to influence
what they’re fed which is causing them this obesity problem as they’re not old
enough to know what food is good to eat consistently and which isn’t so good.
Once the parents are sat down and given cheap, alternative options that their
children can eat which would help them to get rid of their obese problem. I believe
that this alternative can potentially help increase sport participation in
young children. I think it hasn’t been done already throughout the community
simply because of the costs that it would eventually come to, especially if the
sessions start to get popular and more children started to show an interest in
participating. That would mean that more coaches would have to come in and
possibly more days would have to be added to the training session schedule so
that it doesn’t become too packed with a lot of children and harder to manage
for the coaches. Another problem that could potentially arise with a health
expert to talk to parents about better options that their child can do or take to
improve their health may come across as if the parents are doing a bad job in
bringing up their child at home and many parents can take offence to that. Also,
it would cost a significant amount of money to get an expert to sit with each
parent to discuss their child’s health so a solution to this would be to offer
all parents a brochure of some kind and it could have a few ideas on what a
child can do at home to stay active and also what a parent at home can do in
order to give their child the best possible opportunity to improve their health
and lifestyle. This would be a good way to go about this matter without
unintentionally criticising parents and they wouldn’t feel singled out by the
school/community that their child’s weight is potentially a big problem and
they’re not doing anything about it. Also, in this brochure/booklet the parents
would receive a lot of healthy recipes and fresh ideas that they’re bound to of
not thought of which could end up being very beneficial to the child.

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