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Updated 18 April 2013

Get your kids off the couch

One in five children is either overweight or obese, according to global statistics.

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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.

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