Childhood obesity: no soft drinks and exercise videos for a healthier lifestyle

Schools can have a positive impact on shifting the tide on the global epidemic of preventable inactivity-related diseases. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most important public health issues of this century. A combination of energy-rich foods, sedentary lifestyles and poor sleep patterns are major causes of overweight and obesity in children. The drinks industry body UNESDA has announced that the industry will stop selling sugary beverages in all schools in the EU from late 2018.

And there can be done even more to support a healthy school environment: The American Council on Exercise (ACE) concluded in a study with examining 16 teachers and more than 400 students that exercise videos shown in the classroom setting can help increasing level of exercise intensity.