Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity “One of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” 1

There are numerous advantages of enrolling in the State Swim Program. As a swimming school we operate under the banner of health and fitness and with this is mind we are constantly trying to promote the health benefits of swimming. Below are some alarming statistics:

Australia today is ranked one of the fattest nations in the developed world. With our obesity rates growing second fasted in the world after the United States. 2

Not only is obesity an adult problem, with close to 80% of Australian adults predicted to be overweight or obese by 2025 (if weight gain continues at current levels) but equally as alarming is that a third of all children are also predicted to be overweight or obese by 2025. 3

In 2010 an estimated 43 million preschool children, globally were overweight or obese, a 60% increase since 1990. 4 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, levels of childhood obesity around the world have been rising due to an increase in foods, which are high in fat, and sugars and a reduction in the amount of time children spend on physical activity. 

We need to keep our children moving and reduce their ‘screen’ time. Swimming is a great way to do this. Our program runs all year round, and offers children a warm, safe environment to learn to swim or to swim for health and fitness, in either our squad or fitness programs. Swimming is also great for asthmatics and is a great form of exercise to complement other sports or for rehabilitation from injury.

By promoting an active lifestyle through swimming we can help reduce the risk of our children developing long-term health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Swimming is a skill they will value for life. 

Thanks for reading, see you next month.

Christian Urry
Managing Director

(World Health Organisation – March 2012. “Global Strategy on diet, physical activity, and health: childhood overweight and obesity)

Monash University – Modi-breakthrough treatments for obesity and diabetes.

(de Onis M, Blossner M, Borghi E. Global prevalence and trends of overweight and obesity among preschool children. Am J Clin Nutr 2010; 92; 1257-64)