The Current Epidemic Of Obesity Associated With Physical Inactivity

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Introduction Physical Activity and Self-Perception in Disabled Children The current epidemic of obesity associated with physical inactivity is a health care concern for all children, including those with disabilities. Numerous research studies have examined the prevalence and health benefits of physical activity in children with and without disabilities indicating that children with disabilities participate in less physical activity than typically developed children, therefore, disabled children have less opportunity of gaining the health benefits from a physically active lifestyle (Janseen & LeBlanc, 2010). Studies found that regular participation in social, recreational, or leisure physical activity yields to improvements in physical and mental health during childhood development (Johnson, 2009). For example, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal fitness in physical health, as well as self-perception and cognitive in mental health are all enhanced (Taylor et al., 1985). Despite these benefits, children with disabilities are disposed to a more sedentary lifestyle; hence have lower levels of fitness and mental health, than their peers without disabilities (Crawford et al., 2015). The importance of increasing physical activity in children with disabilities is to optimize overall wellbeing, but this research paper will focus on psychological wellbeing. Therefore, the purpose of this research paper is to examine the relationship between physical activity and…

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