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Study of the opportunities of kinesitherapy to tackle obesity in school-age

Stanislava Bogomilova, Elena Ivanova, Krasimira Yordanova-Nestorova

Abstract

Obesity is a disease associated with excessive accumulation of body fat. Obesity in children is not only aesthetic, but also one of the most serious medical and social problems of our time, which is constantly growing. Its great medical and social importance is determined by the fact that it favors the development of many diseases - type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the musculoskeletal system and others. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Bulgaria ranks fifth in Europe in obese children.

Objective: This study examines the possibilities of kinesitherapy as a means to tackle obesity in school age.

The study was conducted within three months at the Medical Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine „Prostor` - Varna. It involves 32 children with overweight and obesity between the ages of 7 and 15 years. Before and after the kinesitherapeutic program every child goes through a clinical medical examination including measurements of height and weight, calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI) and laboratory tests.

After analyzing the obtained data, we report reduction in weight, depending on to what extent the recommendations for balanced nutrition and physical activity are followed for the rest of the day.

Nutrition and physical activity are crucial to the health and prerequisite for ensuring optimal growth and development of children and adolescents.tudy of the opportunities of kinesitherapy to tackle obesity in school-age.


Keywords

obesity, physical therapy, socially important diseases

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/vmf.v5i0.1997

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