Sports participation and the 'obesity/health crisis': Reflections on the case of young people in England

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/71116
Title:
Sports participation and the 'obesity/health crisis': Reflections on the case of young people in England
Authors:
Smith, Andy; Green, Ken; Roberts, Ken
Abstract:
There has been growing concern in recent years about the emergence of a supposed 'health crisis' - in the form of an 'obesity epidemic' - among young people, one of the maincauses of which, it is assumed, is their declining levels of involvement in sport and physical activity. This brief paper offers some critical comments on the taken-for-granted relationship between these two emergent 'crises' and argues that, in contrast to popular opinion, young people are, in fact, doing more sport and physical activity than at any other time in the past, but that this process has co-occurred, and continues to co-occur, with increasing levels of obesity and overweight. In order to begin to adequately explain these co-occurring processes, it is argued that we need to examine young people's lives in their total context, while noting, in particular, the continuing significance of broader social processes and the networks of relationships in which they are involved.
Affiliation:
University College Chester ; University College Chester ; University of Liverpool
Citation:
International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2004, pp. 457-464
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Publication Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/71116
DOI:
10.1177/1012690204049081
Additional Links:
http://irs.sagepub.com
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep.
ISSN:
1012-6902
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Andy-
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Ken-
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Ken-
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-22T13:00:15Z-
dc.date.available2009-06-22T13:00:15Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2004, pp. 457-464en
dc.identifier.issn1012-6902-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1012690204049081-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/71116-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en
dc.description.abstractThere has been growing concern in recent years about the emergence of a supposed 'health crisis' - in the form of an 'obesity epidemic' - among young people, one of the maincauses of which, it is assumed, is their declining levels of involvement in sport and physical activity. This brief paper offers some critical comments on the taken-for-granted relationship between these two emergent 'crises' and argues that, in contrast to popular opinion, young people are, in fact, doing more sport and physical activity than at any other time in the past, but that this process has co-occurred, and continues to co-occur, with increasing levels of obesity and overweight. In order to begin to adequately explain these co-occurring processes, it is argued that we need to examine young people's lives in their total context, while noting, in particular, the continuing significance of broader social processes and the networks of relationships in which they are involved.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://irs.sagepub.comen
dc.subjectsports participationen
dc.subjectobesityen
dc.subjecthealthen
dc.subjectyoung peopleen
dc.titleSports participation and the 'obesity/health crisis': Reflections on the case of young people in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Chester ; University College Chester ; University of Liverpoolen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sporten
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