Childhood Obesity Prevention: How Swimming Can Help

July 31st, 2019

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swimming benefits for childhood obesity

Child obesity has become an epidemic worldwide. Pediatric overweight and obesity now affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.

According to CDC, in the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 shows that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.

In England, data from 2017-2018 shows that 12.8% of children younger than 4 years old are overweight. These proportions were higher among children older than 6 years old, with 20.1% being obese and 14.2% overweight.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey showed that almost one quarter (24.9%) of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese in 2017-18 (17% overweight and 8.1% obese).

Obesity rates among children in Asia-Pacific are rising at a rapid rate. The number of overweight children under five rose 38 per cent between 2000 and 2016 in the region, and the problem is growing, according to a food safety and nutrition officer at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangkok.

This is the reason why childhood obesity prevention is very important. Educate yourself on what you can do for your child to keep them happy and healthy! Our online swimming lessons for children 1 – 17 years old show you step by step how to teach children to swim from complete beginners to independent swimmers. Teach your child water safety skills while keeping them at a healthy weight.

Parents CAN teach their child to swim!

Children who are overweight are at a higher risk of entering adulthood with too much weight. Some overweight children may develop health problems, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Those children may also experience teasing, bullying, depression or low self esteem.

Parents can play an important role in helping children maintain a healthy weight, through healthy eating, drinking and sleeping habits, as well as encouraging physical activity.

For parents who are looking for means to keep their children active, swimming is a great choice. First off, any child can do it. You don’t need to be naturally athletic to swim laps or play a game in the pool. And second of all, it has a vast number of positive wellness effects for kids—and they aren’t limited to physical benefits. Being in the water is great for a child’s overall health.

Benefits of Swimming for Kids

Movement, whether it comes from playing a sport, spending time on the playground, or taking part in a physical activity such as swimming, is essential for all children. An article from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time clarifies why sport is so important for kids. The organization notes that it “enhances fitness, fosters growth and development, and helps teach them about their world.”

Watch FREE SWIM LESSONS and sign-up for the swim e-course that hundreds of parents are raving about. Read on to learn more from the list of swimming benefits presented below:

1. It improves mental and emotional health. Swimming will certainly improve your child’s physical health, but it can also have positive benefits on their mental health.

2. It is great for strength-building and balance. Swimming works all of the muscle groups, and as result it leads to stronger muscles, better balance, and improved posture.

3. It is easier for overweight children than other forms of exercise. The buoyancy in water can make movement easier for some children compared to activities outside the water. It is also easier on their joints.

4. Swimming is a low-impact exercise and is easier on the joints since water is low resistance. If a child has developmental issues, swimming provides an excellent way to socialize while getting exercise they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.

5. Being able to swim gives children great confidence in and out of the water. This can be especially helpful for overweight children that struggle with confidence. Accomplishing small goals in the pool will help them believe in themselves and in what they accomplish out of the pool as well.

6. Swimming is unique in that it requires the use of most of the body’s major muscle groups. It requires co-ordination as you have to synchronize your arms, legs and breathing. Swimming builds endurance, stamina and flexibility. In the long-term, your child will develop strong muscles, improved balance and co-ordination. Our swim lessons for parents and their children are of great benefit even for kids already enrolled in group swimming lessons. We give you the tools to help your child improve and become a better, stronger swimmer.

7. Swimming is fun and a great opportunity to bond with your child while keeping them healthy and active.

In conclusion, parents can take an active role in teaching their children to swim. Teach Your Child To Swim™ was especially designed for parents who want to help their kids learn to swim step by step and be safe in the water.

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Gilda Dobrica,
Swimming Instructor

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