Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Justin Guilkey


Worldwide the prevalence of child obesity is increasing, this affects many aspect of their daily lives, including their overall health and quality of life. The purpose of this study was to discuss different options to prevent and combat adolescent obesity in children at an impatient health facility. This study included children living in an inpatient health facility, The Seacoast Youth center. A majority of these patients are on atypical medications for various reasons including psychiatric illnesses. An unfortunate side effect from atypical medications is weight gain. This study used a variety of different methods including muscular endurance and cardiovascular training in order to fight weight gain in the patients staying at the Seacoast center. Overall it was found that the exercise has a positive impact on the children’s mental and physical health. The study itself was difficult in task, due to insufficient materials, but overall a success. Based on feedback from children and staff at Seacoast, they were sleeping better, less moody, and had more energy all due to the exercise provided in this study.