Leisure Week - Industry news and jobs in sport, health & fitness, spa & beauty, attractions & museums, commercial leisure and hospitality
 News | Jobs | Sign up for our free e-zine 23 January 2022 
10 Nov 2014
Is it time to go Danish in the battle against childhood obesity?
By Jak Phillips
Is it time to go Danish in the battle against childhood obesity?
The scheme joins up a number of wholesale lifestyle changes to promote better health among children
Photo: Shutterstock.com
A pioneering Danish health scheme that enforces a series of strict lifestyle changes is being touted as a potential solution to the global childhood obesity epidemic.

The programme, which is being rolled out across Denmark, sees overweight children designated with a personalised treatment plan targeting 15-20 daily habits in a bid to transform their lifestyle. Exercise in the form of walking or cycling to school, in addition to regular organised physical activity, forms a central tenet of the scheme, as does healthy and strictly portioned meals, limited screen time (television, computer or tablet) and a regulated early bedtime. To ensure the lifestyle changes stick, the child’s family is also required to follow the regime.

Initial results have proved impressive. The Danish town of Holbaek was an early adopter and has so far treated 1,900 patients under the scheme, with 70 per cent successfully maintaining a normal weight four years after embracing the lifestyle changes. On average, each child required just over five hours of medical consultation per year.

There are now plans to expand the scheme across Denmark and the man behind the scheme – Dr Jens Christian Holm – has called on other nations to learn from its successes.

"In general, obese children are neglected. They are often lonely and many of them don't participate in activities with their peers,” he told the BBC. "They lack self-confidence. With this scheme there is a real hope they can lose weight and have a good quality of life."

Childhood obesity and inactivity has become a major concern across the western world and particularly the UK, where nearly a third of two to 15-year-olds are overweight or obese according to the latest figures. The growing health crisis has prompted a group of leading GPs and health experts to call on the government to create an emergency taskforce to quell the rising epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent open letter to the Chief Medical Officer, they warned that, without intervention, an entire generation will be ‘destroyed’ by a diet of junk food and sugary drinks.

Jobs in this issue
Personal Trainer
Archway, London, UK
energie fitness
Group Sustainability Manager
Everyone Active
Recreation Attendant
Taunton, UK
Everyone Active
Personal Trainer
Glasgow, UK
énergie Fitness
Fitness Motivator and Personal Trainer
Nottingham, UK
Everyone Active
Sales and Fitness Coach
Winchester, UK
Energie Fitness
Self Employed Personal Trainer
Everyone Active
Fitness Motivator
Everyone Active
Operations Assistant
Rickmansworth, UK
Everyone Active
Surbiton, UK
Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club
Quality Development Manager
Exeter, UK
Water Babies
Operations Assistant
Westminster, London, UK
Everyone Active

Post your jobs online .... click here
Leisure Media Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 Fax: +44 (0)1462 433909 | About us | © 2022 Cybertrek Ltd