Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome



Korean J Obes 2008; 17(2): 55-64

Published online June 1, 2008

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

Effect of physical activity on children’s obesity

Seolhyang Baek*

Department of Nursing, CollegeofMedicine,DonggukUniversity


Currently, children spend most of their time with
academics at school and after-school programs as well as
watching TV and time in front of a computer, which
leads to a lack of physical activity and increases obesity
risks. Fifteen papers regarding obese children’s physical
pattern showed that obese children had participated in
exercise more often, but the preferences to some type of
exercise and the sustainability of exercise were
significantly lower than normal weight children (NWC).
In addition, they spent more time on TV and computer
than NWC did.
As the association between daily physical activity /
sedentary activities and children’s obesity has been well
established, school and parents must play a vital role in
supporting and encouraging children to be active by
offering tailored physical activities and a good role model.

Keywords: Children, Exercise, Physical activity