Sport group wants help in obesity fight
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