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The city participates in a study to end childhood obesity

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The Municipal Sports Foundation, through the Regional Unit of Sports Medicine, participates in the PASOS study, an acronym in English of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle and obesity in Spanish youth. This study is promoted by the Gasol Foundation and enjoys the participation of 4,508 individuals from all over the country.

"It is the first study that is done in Spain and at the same time, it will be a real photograph of our children in terms of physical activity and obesity parameters," said Nicolás Terrados, director of the Regional Unit of Sports Medicine. .

The PASOS study is the first to be conducted at the state level. It focuses on the prevalence of physical activity among young people between 8 and 16 years old. That is, from Primary to the end of Secondary. There have been 4,508 individuals from 121 different localities, coming from the 17 autonomous communities. All have been selected at random.

A total of 242 primary and secondary schools participated in the study. Of those centers, five are from Asturias. The region has contributed a total of 129 boys and girls to the study. In Cantabria, for example, there were four schools and 104 students.

The objective of the study is, through the conclusions that can be drawn, to find solutions to the problem of childhood obesity. It is hoped that, through this study, lines of action can be defined and policies that improve the situation of young people can be promoted.

The initiative enjoys great state support. It is behind it the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, through the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN). Also, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the Sports Council (CSD).

Among the participating institutions, there is also the High Commissioner against Child Poverty of the 17 autonomous communities, through their respective ministries, and the general college of Professional Associations of Physical Education and Sport.

For its part, the Gasol Foundation belongs to Pau and Marc Gasol. It was created precisely to combat childhood obesity, which already affects 340 million young people around the world. In Spain it is estimated that the overweight rate is 40 percent in children from six to eight years. The project was presented yesterday morning at the City Council of Avilés.

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