Action on our nation’s health needed now

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Opinion
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While we all benefit from living in a digital age, the concern being raised in the report ‘Acting today for An Active Tomorrow” by the Sport Advising Group is quite alarming and its recommendations must be adopted.

We read in today’s Western Mail that not only is action required to make sport relevant to all age groups, especially the young, but also that Wales has the highest proportion of obese children in the UK. This fact from the Millennium Cohort Study, together with statistics showing a rise in the number of children between the ages of 7 and 11 who are overweight!

As Rachael Misstear states in her column, the ‘obesity epidemic’ has huge implications for Wales, and Public Health Wales states that ‘tackling childhood obesity’ is a priority area for them.

Healthy-FoodsWe have all been aware for some time that there is a problem in Wales and it is getting more serious by the day. I know that there are already a number of excellent programmes already in place which are run by the governing bodies of various Welsh sports with help from Sport Wales and local authorities, but this does not seem to be enough. Perhaps we really do need a national campaign, directed and possibly funded by the Welsh Government and the private sector to encourage us all, no matter what age or social class, to start taking our health and well-being as a priority in our daily lives?

Active sport is not for everyone but sensitive eating, modest exercise, and outdoor activity can have huge benefits. If nothing is done, our society could collapse under the potential ‘obese epidemic’. We must act now.

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