Special Issue "Obesity, Physical Activity and the Association with Child Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 November 2023) | Viewed by 7545
Childhood obesity is a complex disease with multiple influences and varied outcomes in physical and mental health and child development. Therefore, in recent decades, obesity in children has emerged as a severe health issue worldwide, which was strengthened in 2020 by pandemic restrictions. Currently, obesity affects over 340 million children globally. There is little chance of decreasing this number later in life because obesity in childhood has been linked to obese status in adulthood. It was very alarming that it took only twenty-four months during the lockdown period, from January 2019 to December 2020, to significantly increase the prevalence of child obesity worldwide. In many countries, weight gain accompanying worsening nutrition habits, reduced movements out of the house, limited physical activity, and deceleration in growth were found. Engaging in sufficient physical activity during childhood is associated with lower levels of unhealthy weight and obesity, enhanced cardiometabolic health, improved cognition and academic achievement, and a more positive sense of well-being. Additionally, although the influence of physical activity and intervention to improve physical activity have undergone trials, significant gaps remain in the scientific understanding of relations between somatic development, including obesity in children, and various aspects of child development. This Special Issue invites contributions from across the psychosocial, psychological, neurological, educational, sport science or endocrinological perspectives examining the relationship between obesity, physical activity, and child development.
This Special Issue is open to original research, review articles, short reports, brief commentaries, case reports, and meta-analyses, related to obesity, physical activity, and development and their impact or role in child development. The keywords listed below suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Dr. Martin Musálek
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- physical activity
- motor development
- early childhood