A study done in California provides some good news and some not-so-good news regarding childhood obesity.
This article is a good read if you want all the details, otherwise, here’s the breakdown:
- The national rate of increase in childhood obesity between 2003 and 2008 was 0.8 – 1.7 percent. California’s rate of increase was only 0.33 percent.
- Overall aerobic capacity in children increased significantly.
- School interventions did little to stop the increase of obesity in children entering 5th grade.
- Only 31 percent of children passed all six components of the fitness test. (aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper-body strength, and flexibility)
- 1.3 million students do not participate in any school-based physical education.
Some good news, some bad news, but at least there’s good news! What is your child’s school doing to improve health and fight obesity? If you don’t know – you should ask.