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National Assembly for Wales report calls for sport to help tackle childhood obesity

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A major report from the National Assembly for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to use physical activity and sport to help tackle childhood obesity.

The report titled ‘Inquiry into Childhood Obesity’ was conducted by the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

Although the report recognises that there is no single solution to the problem, it highlights the importance of physical activity in tackling the epidemic in a move that has been welcomed by Sport Wales.

"We firmly believe that sport has a key role to play in improving the overall health of the nation,” said Sport Wales public affairs manager Simon Jones.

"It is pleasing that the Inquiry has highlighted the progress that has been made and the impact some of our programmes are having, but this is just part of our approach to get Welsh youngsters active.

"The increases in participation we have seen - including 50% more children hooked on sport - have been created through the sport sector working smarter and in greater partnership with education sector.

"To take that to the next level, we firmly believe that there is a case to see greater collaboration between the sport and leisure sector and the health sector in tackling illnesses such as obesity.”

Sport Wales have also called for physical activity and sport to play a more prominent role in schools in a move they feel would help further address the issue. 

"Enhancing the importance of PE within the Welsh curriculum would send out a clear message to all children and young people, that your physical health is as important as your academic ability and we welcome the recent announcement by Welsh Government to invest in the development of a physical literacy framework in Wales,” said Jones. 

"There are the issues raised in the Inquiry such as the tightening of public finances and the participation gaps we see amongst certain people in Wales. 

"These are high on our agenda and must be tackled with sound insight, planning and investment. 
"Most importantly we must work in partnership as we know that has a greater impact.”

To view the full Inquiry into Childhood Obesity report, Click here

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