Study links not having a garden to childhood obesity

16 September 2015        

Children playing on grass

A study released today suggests that children without a garden are more likely to become obese. 

A study of almost 6,500 children from England has found that having no garden was linked to a 38% increased chance of obesity in children but the details are yet to be published as the research was presented at an international conference. 

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Maureen Talbot, said: 

"We know that participation in physical activity at recommended levels, be that at home, school or in a local park, is essential to improving our children's heart health and preventing future heart and circulatory diseases.

"Many children and young people in the UK are not achieving the recommended target of 60 minutes activity each day and nearly a third of all children in the UK are obese or overweight.

"The Government must do more to encourage our young people to get active to safeguard their future health."

Many children and young people in the UK are not achieving the recommended target of 60 minutes activity each day. Although government guidelines vary across the UK, they're all very similar to this. 

We're also concerned about inequalities in activity levels – teenage boys tend to be more active than teenage girls. The amount of time that schools dedicate to PE varies across the UK. We think it’s important to offer a range of fun activities to encourage as many children as possible to get involved.

Our calls to Government

  • tackle inequalities and ensure all girls and boys in the UK have access to enjoyable sports and activities 
  • prioritise physical activity in and around the school day 
  • raise awareness of the 60 minutes a day guideline and promote the benefits of regular activity among children, young people, and their parents. 
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