Home > Parenting > Child > Body Updated 18 April 2013 Get your kids off the couch One in five children is either overweight or obese, according to global statistics. 0 Shutterstock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' One in five children is either overweight or obese, according to global statistics. And in South Africa, the obesity problem is being exacerbated by the fact that most schools no longer feature sport or physical education as part of their curriculum. Luckily, there's a lot parents can do to combat the problem.Take action:Be aware of your child's weight and physical activity levels – check what your child does in the afternoons and intervene if he/she does nothing but sit in front of the computer or TV; if your child's school does not provide any sports facilities, find out how you can raise money so that a simple facility such as a sports field could be made a reality; help your children to be active – find a safe place where they can play and encourage them to play with their friends; if you can afford it, let your child join a gym or a sports club. Visit our Healthy Child Centre.WIN! Check out our competitions page for some fabulous prizes.(Photo of soccer boy from Shutterstock) More in Parenting More kids and teens heading to ER with headaches More: ChildBody advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.