Childhood obesity has increased over the past four decades. It is crucial for officials to increase awareness and implement a course of action regarding this issue. There are several complications that arise from childhood obesity including hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, liver disease, reproductive conditions, heart disease, mood disorders, cancer, dyslipidemia; childhood obesity often results in obesity throughout adulthood. Children spend a substantial amount of time at school, therefore, schools become an ideal place to establish interventions to combat the health concern. A study was conducted and proved to be effective at decreasing body mass index (BMI) in school-aged children, while increasing fitness levels through physical education and recess activities. Improved cardiovascular health and wellness knowledge was accomplished over one school year after implementing the program. School is an ideal setting for physical activity programs as it is compulsory for children to attend, staff members possess the knowledge and ability to deliver effective interventions, and structure is in place to allow the time for physical activity to occur.
Newman, Amanda and Deacon, Hannah, "Effectiveness of school-based exercise programs on childhood obesity" (2020). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 52.