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Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Children and youth inactivity and sedentary at school is increasing. This means that some of the students have a significant unhealthy lifestyle with physical inactivity, which in turn implies risks of suffering from various diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, all related to a sedentary lifestyle. To prevent illness, it is important that children and young people early get a positive attitude towards physical activity.

The purpose of this study was to study the causes of child and adolescent physical inactivity in school, based on teachers 'and parents' perspectives.

A qualitative research has been selected. To achieve the study objectives, the author has conducted seven semi-structured interviews, with an appropriate choice of five teachers and two parents with children in school. Data was analyzed with a manifest content analysis.

The results show that teachers and parents felt that physical activity is a protective factor for children's health. There are several reasons for physical inactivity in students today, blah new technologies, various transportation facilities and family finances. Some measures that can reduce the physical inactivity, for example be to increase sports lesson 'time and by starting with children and young people's interest to make them feel joy in moving, which increases the interest in physical activity.

The conclusion of this work is that children's movement is important for their health. Children and youth in elementary school in need of physical activity so that they feel good. Both schools and parents have a responsibility to promote children's physical activity so that they can preserve their health, before improving their learning ability, have more energy and to manage the school in a good way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
children and youth, health, lifestyle, physical inactivity, sedentary
Keyword [sv]
barn och ungdomar, fysisk inaktivitet, hälsa, livsstil, stillasittande
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22765OAI: diva2:663869
Subject / course
Science of Public Health
Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-13 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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