Children's attitudes regarding nutrition and physical activity and their contribution to the prevalence of childhood obesity
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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It has been suggested that the world-wide increase in obesity among children is a significant health problem that may be due to decreasing physical activity levels, and an increase in unhealthy eating habits. A pattern of inactivity, also known as sedentism, begins in early life, making the promotion of physical activity among children imperative. This study aimed to distinguish if there was a relationship between children's attitudes towards nutrition and physic al aclivity, and whether these attitudes were contributing to the prevalence of childhood obesity. Questions surrounding internal and external factors such as the family, school environment, sedentary activities, and media were used to measure the attitudes held by the subject group. The questionnaires were administered to a subject group of 28 school children aged l0-l I years from Pen Pych Community Primary school, in South Wales. The main conclusion that can be drawn from this study is that many internal and external factors do indeed contribute to the attitudes thatarc held by young children.
BSc (Hons) Sport PE and Recreation
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