AT A time when doctors are labelling obesity as our next big epidemic, one Sunshine Coast couple has taken it upon themselves to change the thinking behind the condition and get kids active through the world game.
Paul Edwards and his wife Kim have been running a football clinic at Caloundra Christian College, using the world's most popular sport to get kids active, with the emphasis being on living a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to the obesity epidemic, Mr Edwards has a very clear message.
"I'm going to give it to you straight here - there is no excuse for obesity," he said.
"This is a mental thing, and I'd like to give credit to the parents, not just at our camp here but on the Coast in general, that are sensible and responsible.
"I'm a great believer in sharing positive information, and that's what we're trying to do here."
He said that over the course of the week, he and his wife had noticed something remarkable.
"My wife Kim and I have done a case study, where we monitored the camp and this particular group of children," Mr Edwards said.
"We put navigation systems on a couple of the players, and the results are absolutely staggering.
"One young boy, in two and a half hours, had run 14 kilometres.
"The group, on average, have actually relayed from Brisbane to Sydney and back with a few kilometres left to spare, within the five days."
The study also found the contents of the children's lunchboxes was getting better, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle required full commitment.
"We found the kids are eating healthily.
"We've observed this at morning tea and lunch, and it's obvious that the parents are looking after their children and being proactive in health and their lifestyle," he said.
"You can either take your kids to these fast-food restaurants, or you can do the right thing, teach them healthy eating habits, and invest in their future."
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