Overcoming Childhood Obesity Through Multi-Disciplined Sports

Tip 12 Overcoming Childhood Obesity through Multi-Disciplined Sports

As we continue to lead the fight against the childhood obesity epidemic, let’s take a moment to survey recent global developments in this field. Unfortunately, childhood obesity remains the number one health concern for American parents today. There are good reasons to be worried since, according to the American Heart Association, approximately one in three American children is considered overweight or obese. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in turn, offers an equally discouraging statistic: over the last 30 years, obesity has more than doubled among children and quadrupled among adolescents in the United States.

Aside from causing negative body image and low self-esteem in children, obesity is associated with a host of serious health problems that include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and elevated blood cholesterol levels. These problems are likely to persist into adulthood, carrying the likelihood of obesity-related diseases and shorter life expectancy. A recent article published in Medical Daily [link 1] suggests that households with obese kids are more likely to pay 60% more for health care since these kids are more likely to be admitted to hospitals than healthy children.

These alarming facts give us reasons for concern, but they also encourage us to make a positive difference in the lives of obese children. In particular, Children’s Obesity Fund seeks to combat the obesity epidemic through education and outreach programs designed to promote healthy lifestyle habits. We believe that prevention of obesity is most effective when it relies upon gradual and permanent changes in children’s physical activity and healthy eating habits conducive to maintaining an appropriate body weight.

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Junior Tri Club kicked off its Obesity Campaign on July 1, 2016. Thus far their obesity campaign has positively impacted over 300 families in Baltimore City introducing them to strategies in how to combat this disease through multi-disciplined sports. Multi-disciplined sports are duathlons and triathlons. Duathlons are run-bike-run events. Triathlons are swim-bike-run of people in a relay team (of 2 or 3) maximum. Whether done as a single entity or as a relay team, duathlons/triathlons promote communicate, team work, and enhance leadership attributes out of each person. The sports promote such diversity but still faces backlash based on one’s size, ethnicity, etc at times.

IABT encourages you to get active now. Don’t put off together what can be worked on today. Whether its swimming, cycling, running, walking, etc you can do it. Its the IABT Way. #IABTObesityCampaign


Dr. Tekemia Dorsey

Executive Director, IABT

USAT Tri Club Advisor/Coach



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