Sport, Physical Activity, and Health

Authored by: Jessica Lee

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621

10.4324/9780203404065.ch29

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Abstract

Studies from around the world point to inadequate participation in physical activity and sport, with direct consequences on population health as evidenced by the ‘growing obesity epidemic’ and the advent of ‘lifestyle diseases’. Governments are spending unprecedented amounts of money in an attempt to increase participation in physical activities. Therefore, no longer is public participation in physical activity and sports viewed as a matter of pleasurable, voluntary leisure time pursuit; rather, such activity has become an obligation with not only health but also moral implications. This shift and meaning of participation in physical activity and sports in our social milieu is worthy of examination.

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