A new study finds that strength training may be a crucial component of tackling childhood obesity.

According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, the prevalence of childhood obesity has been steadily increasing since the early 1970s.

“Childhood obesity” is when a child’s weight is much higher than what is average for their age and height, and comes with a host of health risks and consequences. Obese children have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, joint and musculoskeletal issues, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea, as well as other potential health concerns, like fatty liver disease. In addition to physical problems, the CDC reports that obese children also report psychological problems, like depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Additionally, children who are obese are more likely to become adults with obesity, which carries with it additional health concerns. These issues tend to be amplified if obesity has been lifelong, versus developed in an individual’s adult years.

In exploring the relationship between resistance training, also known as strength training, exercises, and childhood obesity rates, researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, investigated 18 different studies before offering offering the positive correlation between exercise and body composition of young people. This comprehensive report found that strength training decreased body fat in children.

Helen Collins, Sport and Exercise Scientist at the University of Dundee and PhD Candidate in the University of Edinburgh, believes the findings illustrate the need for resistance training for adolescents who have been advised to lose body fat for health reasons, and potentially for the prevention of adult obesity. “Treatment, and more importantly, prevention, of child obesity is a growing concern.” Collins stated. “Our findings highlight the need for more robust research into the role strength-based exercises can play in helping everyone make healthy life choices and be more physically active.”

Many of our clients ask us if families can share their personal training packages at Pongo Power.  The answer is yes! Pongo Power personal training is a fun, safe, and most importantly effective way to be certain that your children and teens are getting proper physical education.  

In a society filled with tablets and screens, we love helping children to see the value or cardiovascular activity, good coordination, and postural integrity.

Of course, the kids mostly just tell us, that we’re having FUN! What’s not to love about our cheerful space, bouncy balls, and agility training? So give us a call or email judy@pongopower.com, today! We are happy to provide health and fitness for all ages.

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Journal Reference:

  1. Helen Collins, Samantha Fawkner, Josephine N. Booth, Audrey Duncan. The effect of resistance training interventions on weight status in youth: a meta-analysis. Sports Medicine – Open, 2018; 4 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s40798-018-0154-z