Obesity and Children

Obesity and Children

Swimming is recognised as a moderate intensity physical activity that may help to maintain a healthy weight in children. It is recommended that swimming takes place in a heated pool, as we have here in Cheeverstown, as swimming in cold pools tends to increase appetite.
A study by the University College London Institute of Child Health shows the success of swimming for overweight and obese children and families. One hundred and sixteen children enrolled in the MEND or Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! obesity-intervention program that included 12 weeks of free family swimming. All the children lost weight, reduced their body mass index and waist circumference, and had better overall health and higher self-esteem.