Childhood Obesity : Factors, Perceptions And Proactive Methods

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Childhood Obesity: Factors, Perceptions and Proactive Methods in the Classroom Tavia Freedman (11053726), Travis Lingenfelter (10180044), Echo Chase (11162785), and Nadine Mundy (11148842) University of Saskatchewan March 28, 2017 Childhood Obesity: Factors, Perceptions and Proactive Methods in the Classroom Childhood obesity is a growing concern among today 's youth. As educators, we play a significant role in the progress of this epidemic along with parents, coaches, and other mentors. Recent studies show that only 9% of Canadian youth ages 5 to 17 get the recommended sixty minutes of exercise per day. Kids are spending more time on devices and technology, which is creating sedentary lifestyle habits (Goodlife Kids…show more content…
There have been many different methods used to classify children’s weights, the most recent being from the CHMS 2009-2011 in children ages 3 and older. The CHMS uses standards created by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) and World Health Organization (WHO). The standards are created with age- and sex- specific classification cut-offs. The IOTF standards are better used for populations, whereas the WHO standards are best for individuals (Roberts et al., 2012). In 2009-2011 using the WHO standards, 31.5% (about 1.6 million) Canadian children ages 5 to 17 were overweight or obese and among children ages 5 to 11, boys are three times more likely to be obese than girls their age (Roberts et al., 2012). A recent study of all Canadians showed that over time, an increase in waist circumference dominated an increase in overall BMI. There is evidence to support that a stable BMI with poor distribution of body fat may increase health risks (Roberts et al., 2012). These results reflect the importance of teaching and learning about nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle choices in schools. This comes with many challenges and barriers, as well as considerations of environmental and social factors that play a role in children 's health that are often beyond our vision. The following research and literature reviews contain some aspects surrounding these obstacles, considerations that must be made by
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