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The effectiveness of weight-reduction stays at the children´s treatment centre of Křetín



Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Field Sport and leisure time activities
Keywords children; body weight;body height; overweight; BMI; obesity; eating habits; physical activity
Description Children suffering from obesity can be treated in one of the children sanatoriums in the Czech Republic. The present work finds out whether after completing a four-week stay in Children Sanatorium in Křetín, the children lost weight and if so, what was the volume of the loss. There was 25 research children, 15 girls and 10 boys) who stayed in the sanatorium in the period from June 18 to July 17, 2014. The girls were aged 8-17; the boys 9-17. The program for the reduction of body weight contained rehabilitation procedures, strengthening physical fitness, regular workouts in a gym, games in the open air and walking. A special diet was composed for children suffering from obesity. Together with the physical activities, the aim of the diet was to reduce body weight of obese children. The children were given food six times per day; the size of portions was respective of their age. It was low-calorie food but nutritionally balanced; this, children did not suffer from feeling hungry or from lacking some vitamins or minerals. At the beginning and at the end of the cure, basic anthropometric parameters were recorded for each child. At the end of the stay, the children’s body weight was measured. The results proved that the program for reducing body weight was successful for all children. Weight of the girls was reduced in average by 3.56 kg; boys lost in average about 4.91 kg. The biggest weight reduction was by 5.1 kg in an 11-year-old girl and by 6.7 kg in a 17-year-old boy. The smallest reduction was by 2.1 kg in a 15-year-old girl and 3.3 kg in a 13-year-old boy. Apart from the successful reduction of weight, this stay was beneficial for the children also due to being in a team of children in beautiful environment.

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