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Child obesity is a 'national emergency'

Child obesity is a 'national emergency'

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More than a third of children aged 10-11 are overweight or obese, national figures in England have shown. Child health experts now describe the level of childhood obesity in the United Kingdom as a “state of emergency.”

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The figures for 2015-16 come from the national child measurement programme, which measures height and weight in more than a million children in reception class (aged 4-5) and in year six (aged 10-11) in schools in England each year.

The latest measurements showed that the prevalence of obesity in year six children had increased from 19.1%.

Here are some of the top reasons why helping kids become active once again is worth the disruption to our adult lives:

  • Children who are active 60 minutes per day demonstrate lower rates of obesity.
  • Greater rates of activity in children have been associated with higher test scores in reading and maths.
  • Physical (body) and cognitive (brain) development go hand-in-hand. While this continues for life, this relationship is most critical at a young age. When kids are active, their brain develops, allowing for new types of activity.
  • Play-based activity that requires a high degree of sensory input (sight, sound, touch, etc.) helps develop a broad array of skills that make physical activity more enjoyable later in life.
  • Frequent physical activity has been associated with improved behaviour in the classroom and beyond.

Niels Larson Equipment Promoting Activity in Children

The Niels Larson range is ideal for aspiring gymnasts aged 7 to 11 years. Every item can be used for a specific activity whilst combinations of several pieces create variety and challenge. Children can confidently attempt basic gymnastic movements or just feel inspired to try all the climbing, jumping and sliding activities their imagination suggests.

You can few our full range of Niels Larson products on our website by clicking here.