The AHA's Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children

“Parents should be worried about lack of exercise in children,” Dr. Goodman said. “This is by far one of the most important public health problems with children. So exercise is important, and exercise with asthmatics is important.”

In the majority it is caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise in children

Technology has played a large role in this increasing trend of unfit children as video games and television are two of the main causes of lack of exercise in children. This poor level of physical activity can develop into a routine that will last the child’s entire life.

How do I promote physical activity in my child

This may be due to weight gain and lack of exercise in children and teens. “We cannot stress the importance of eating healthy enough, certainly,” said Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund. “However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the lack of physical exercise in children is the main culprit in the startling rise of childhood obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and all other types of preventable medical conditions.”

Lack of physical activity is linked to childhood obesity

On a local scale the area in which an individual lives can be largely dependant on their earning capacity with lower class people or low earners generally living in urbanised areas in less spacious conditions, closer to areas such as waste sites or areas with pollution problems. In these areas where there is also the highest rate of crime it can be potentially dangerous to walk through streets at night and it may be dangerous for children to play outside during the day. This can lead to a lack of exercise in children as they are not able to go out and play because it is too dangerous, and this is recognised as one of the causes of rapidly growing obesity in Britain and the United States. We then see the economically advantaged families moving away from these areas to areas like the countryside, here there is space for children to play and exercise in relative safety and in fresh air.

The Lack of Physical Activity Strategy for Children


“We cannot stress the importance of eating healthy enough, certainly,” said Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund. “However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the lack of physical exercise in children is the main culprit in the startling rise of childhood obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and all other types of preventable medical conditions.”HTN in children is an important issue beyond the scope of this guideline. In adolescents, the HTN is increasingly linked to obesity and affects up to 10% of people between the ages of 15 and 25 years. The international trend of poor diet and lack of exercise in children is leading to an epidemic of obesity, with the early onset of HTN and even type 2 diabetes. The early recognition of HTN in these adolescents will be an important motivation for both children and parents to institute important lifestyle changes.