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UK schools to fight obesity with yoga

Schools in UK plan to introduce yoga and dance classes to fight growing obesity among children.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 13:10 IST

To fight growing obesity among children, some of the schools in the UK plan to introduce yoga and dance classes for thousands of young students.

Fitness instructors from health clubs will be going to schools from next month to inspire children with activities not currently on the timetable, a media report said on Sunday.

“Children are getting fatter,” The Observer quoted director of communications at the Fitness Industry Association, Andree Dean, which is running the scheme with government funding.

“We believe that is because they are doing less activity. It is energy in, energy out equation that is leading to the obesity epidemic,” she said. Dean said schools would be pairing up with health clubs, to offer pupils sessions like they provide for gym members.

SMART BOX
Fat in the fire
• By 2010, obese youngsters in EU nations expected to be around 26 million
• An estimated 20,000 obese will have Type 2 diabetes, an adult disease
• Over a million kids will show signs of high BP or cardiovascular disease
• Changes in diet, less physical activity and too much time in front of
computer or TV screens blamed for obesity