Sport group wants help in obe­sity fight

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

MORE gov­ern­ment fund­ing should be sunk into WA’s ju­nior sport as a way of com­bat­ing child­hood obe­sity, ac­cord­ing to the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian Sport (CAS).

CAS chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob Bradley said a quar­ter of five to 17-year-olds were now con­sid­ered over­weight or obese in Aus­tralia and re­cent stud­ies had shown 80 per cent of chil­dren were not do­ing enough ex­er­cise to meet the health guide­lines of 420 min­utes a week.

He said mil­lions of dol­lars needed to be put into WA sport to try to re­verse the prob­lem.

“The an­swers lie in com­mu­nity sport; it’s strong but it needs boost­ing and we want to see mil­lions of dol­lars ploughed into sport,” he said.

“We want to see a jump in the num­ber of peo­ple meet­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines by 15 per cent over a five-year pe­riod; we can’t af­ford not to do this.

“We need a vi­tal part­ner­ship with schools in WA. If the re­spon­si­bil­ity for chil­dren’s phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity was shared be­tween par­ents, schools and com­mu­nity sport, it is more

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