Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science


School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


Childhood and adolescent obesity is a significant problem in Australia and it has reached alarming levels. While most studies have suggested that increased levels of physical activity, combined with improved nutrition can improve body composition and health of children who are obese or overweight, the majority of these programs have used aerobic-based interventions. Despite the abundant research on the role of which parents and schools can play in the prevention of obesity in children, the use of resistance training in youth and health promotion is a fairly new concept, and one that needs further study.