Charity echoes MPs' calls to put a stop to childhood obesity

'Barriers to participation in being active can vary depending on young people's backgrounds. We have an opportunity to use our learning and reach more young people'

The Youth Sport Trust has responded to MPs' calls in the Times and Mail on Sunday to ensure that more is done to engage target groups and help put a stop to childhood obesity.

Following an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Obesity, MPs' discussed the Department of Health report into childhood obesity.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “It is good to see campaigners talking about the childhood obesity crisis and highlighting the need to understand the greatest risk factors and importantly the role of cultural and ethnicity in this agenda. We know from our research through Girls Active that few BAME girls achieve the recommended physical activity levels, and levels of activity are lowest among Asian girls.

We are working with schools and listening to young people to identify the barriers stopping them from being active. Barriers to participation can vary depending on young people's backgrounds. We know from our extensive research that an emphasis on achievement factors like developing skills and setting goals are particularly likely to engage girls from a BAME background.  

"Through Girls Active, we are creating a movement of schools committed to using the power of sport to improve physical wellbeing and mental health and impact positively on young people’s performance in the classroom. There is a real opportunity here to use our learning to inspire and support more young people to get active and enjoy physical activity, PE and sport. It is only by doing this that we'll turn the tide on inactivity among BAME young people."

Read the charity’s full report and findings on engaging target groups:

PDF icon GA guide to engaging target groups.

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