A Solution to childhood obesity in Australia - Oral presentation

Essay by hilmer September 2004

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It is essential that through government and community participation, we develop, establish and integrate safe strategies to tackle the ever increasing problem of childhood obesity.

'Australia is rapidly turning into a nation of fat kids.'

One in every five youngsters is now designated as overweight or obese, living a life prone to cardiovascular and health problems along with risks to there mental state and general well being. Studies conducted by The Australian Diabetes, obesity and lifestyle council indicate that poor self-esteem and confidence has also been associated with obesity and almost doubles the chances of depression. Education Queensland also associates obesity with poor academic performance, un-developed motor skills and coordination.

Obesity is a killer, not only causing serious long term medial problems, but costing the taxpayer over a billion dollars each year. Something must be done. If we don't act on this problem NOW, then it is predicted by 2020 that 65% of adolescents will be overweight or obese.

There are so many reasons to exercise, so many benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. In today's media conscious world we hear bout them, read bout them and are told about them almost everyday. So why do we continually ask the question.. why is Australia's youth becoming increasingly overweight and unfit? There is a simple reason behind this staggering truth, a recent study found that 80 percent of adolescence did very little or no exercise- daily activities such as walking to school, physical education classes, after school activities, chores and general playing have been replaced with a sedentary lifestyle in front of the TV, computer or video games.

Together we need to develop, establish and integrate safe program that offers adolescents of all ages the opportunity to engage in physical activity that enhances work, recreation and sports enjoyment and...