Youth Exercise Specialist 5 July 2015

Worldwide Trends in Childhood Obesity

1.    Increasing rates of childhood obesity have been reported in many countries over the last 20 to 30 years1, 2, 3. Similarly, the prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity in Singapore has increased over the past few decades and currently stands at 11%4, 5.

2.    Obesity ranks as the fifth leading risk for death globally6. Childhood obesity is an international public health concern as it is associated not only with an increased risk of adult obesity and non-communicable diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes), but also with a number of immediate health-related problems (e.g. hypertension, insulin resistance)6. The risk factors for obesity include a sedentary lifestyle and consumption of energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods and beverages.


Upon Completing this workshop:

  • Show kids how to have fun while improving their sports skills, increasing their physical activity level, and losing weight
  • Train young people in groups or individually using the Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model
  • Provide training solutions for after-school programs, youth sports teams, and the children of adult clients
  • Curtail the youth obesity trend at the source with exercise and nutritional guidance


The OPT model was developed to concurrently improve all functional abilities, including flexibility, core stabilization, balance, strength, power, and cardiorespiratory endurance.