Parenting comes with many responsibilities – from meeting a child’s daily needs to guiding them emotionally as they mature, it’s a full time job.  But as obesity levels among the youngest generation break new records, parents find themselves under growing pressure to take on the additional task of radically transforming their child’s health.

More than 36% of children in the UAE are obese. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), published in September 2017, metabolic risks associated to obesity and a high body mass index remain the biggest contributing factor of death and disease in the UAE. It is the second time the study, which is the world’s largest scientific collaboration on population health, has made these findings.

Javed Gani, Co-Founder of Little Gladiators, says: “Obesity is the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century but it’s about more than being overweight. Along with the emotional elements of the condition there is also tremendous pressure from society and parents often feel to blame.

“As we continue to hear worrying news from leading global doctors on the impact of modern lifestyles on our children’s health, it is only natural we want to do something to reverse the trend, but it’s difficult to know where to begin. At Little Gladiators we are here to support parents through this challenging, and often confusing time. We are fully equipped to teach children fun and essential skills in fitness and personal achievement, and to inspire them to be active and healthy adults,” Gani added.

Of the UAE’s adult population, 66% of men and 60% of women are obese and diabetes has climbed into the top ten causes of premature death, rising from 11th place in 2005 to seventh in 2016. Healthcare spending in the country will more than double to US$47.5 billion by 2040 to meet the health needs of the population, according to recent reports.

Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease. They can also find social situations challenges as children with obesity are sometimes bullied and teased more than their peers, causing low self-esteem.

Shanna added: “Parents have a unique role to play in their child’s health and bringing them to a place where they can enjoy classes in their favourite sports while making friends with other children is a great way to support their physical and emotional development. Little Gladiators also offers some activities for the whole family, so everybody can enjoy being healthier together.”

About Little Gladiators

Little Gladiator’s is the first kids’ gym. Covering an area of 7,400 square feet, Little Gladiators offers classes in Gymnastics, Interactive Wall Climbing, Tree Climbing, Virtual Sports gaming, Kids’ Yoga, Kids’ Cardio and Kickboxing, and additionally features a Kids’ Hammam, Spa and a Swimming Pool with highly qualified instructors leading all lessons. The gym also hosts pool parties for birthdays and special occasions, private family swimming lessons and the latest aerobics classes for mums, taught by female instructors. Located at Golden Mile Galleria Mall, on Palm Jumeirah, two further Little Gladiators centres will open in Dubai over the coming months.


Source: BR Communications