Overweight kids lack basic movement skills for exercise

OVERWEIGHT children often lack the ability to perform the basic movement skills required to boost exercise, such as kicking, sliding and hopping, an Australian study shows.

A total of 153 overweight and obese children from Newcastle and Wollongong, mean age 8.3 years, were video-assessed for fundamental movement and ball skills, including underhand roll and strike, leap and jump, dribble and kick, and throwing and catching.

Each child was given a demonstration of the correct technique before each skill test.

For all skills, across all age groups, the prevalence of mastery was significantly lower