Yes we do occasionally get requests for children, however these are
normally sport specific (e.g. cricket ability or self-defence). Parents of obese children, from our experience, tend to not be interested in helping their child lose the weight until it becomes a problem. Anecdotally, children are either encouraged from a young age or not at all, to engage in physical activity. This means that the positive influence of the parents either mitigates excessive fat gain early on, or they ignore it until it becomes a problem.
The type of programme we suggest depend entirely on the child’s interests and personality. The most important thing is that the child enjoys the physical activity and therefore is conditioned to want to carry this on through life, if you can inspire the child to want to be healthier and participate in healthy behaviours- that is the main goal.
The activities we choose for these kids have several goals- we want to increase their heart rate and get them working. However we want to make it feel like they aren’t working out but instead are having hard and active play. We also use tasks that cause them to have to work their balance and agility, it is predicted that the majority of a person’s potential for balance and agility is achieved by ~9 years old, so therefore we choose tasks that stimulate their brain and their body to work together in unusual ways (e.g. gymnastics).