Obesity amongst children in Baden-Württemberg

Children in Baden-Württemberg are getting overweight. This is shown in a recent study by the Children’s Gymnastics Foundation, for which 23,000 children have been tested over the last seven years. “Of the three- to ten-year-old children tested, 12.6 per cent of the children are above normal weight, 5.2 per cent are obese” said the author of the study, Prof. Klaus Bös from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT). The number of children who are overweight doubles from kindergarten to primary school age.

The pediatrician and adolescent physician Thomas Kauth from Ludwigsburg has warned against severe negative effects on the health of children. Younger children are particularly susceptible to psychosocial impairments, while adolescents suffer from sugar metabolism disorders, cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal disorders. Kauth therefore advises that parents should ensure a healthy and nutritious diet and more exercise for their children from an early age. Parents should also be “active, movement-loving role models”.

The study Fitness Barometer 2020: https://www.kinderturnstiftung-bw.de/news/

Further information on the topic of child obesity and tips for nutrition can be found on this page of the West German Radio (Westdeutschen Rundfunk): https://www.wdr.de/tv/applications/fernsehen/wissen/quarks/pdf/Q_Kinder.pdf

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