Physical activity is prioritized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a means to combat childhood obesity. On its final report on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO), WHO states the urgency of childhood obesity in particular in developing countries. The report contains analysis from global health experts regarding the required public health policies for children. The policies include the provision of safe and accessible walking and cycling facilities.
“Physical activity behaviours across the life-course can be heavily influenced by childhood experience. Creating safe, physical activity-friendly communities, which enable, and encourage the use of active transport (walking, cycling etc.) and participation in an active lifestyle and physical activities, will benefit all communities. Particular attention needs to be given to improving access to, and participation in, physical activity for children already affected by overweight and obesity, disadvantaged children, girls and children with disabilities.” – Final report by WHO on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO)
Link to the original article: http://www.fiafoundation.org/blog/2016/january/who-report-active-mobility-has-key-role-in-tackling-childhood-obesity
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