One in three Spanish children between the ages of three and 12 is overweight, according to a study by the Fundación Thao Salud Infantil (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The study also determined that prevention methods taken before children reach three years old can be key in avoiding cases of child obesity. Research was carried out during the 2009-10 school year and involved 26,250 children from 29 different Spanish towns; it used the International Obesity Task Force European index to reach its conclusions, using age, gender, height and weight information to determine if a child was overweight or obese. Presented in Barcelona, the results of the study place Spain amongst the worst countries in Europe for child weight problems in this age group, with 21.1 percent of those studied overweight and 8.2 percent obese. Of the group between three and five years old, 8.4 percent were obese, leading the scientific director of the foundation, Rafael Casas, to call on families to create more healthy and appropriate eating habits from 10 months of age, which is when children start to eat the same food as adults.
A project put on-hold to build a marina in Barcelona for large yachts has been re-started (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).The city council has just given its approval to the move, allowing the chosen site to be redeveloped and buildings constructed there; it has also approved the redevelopment of the existing muelle de Pescadors, in the heart of the old Port. The initial plans for the new marina included a fishing port but the fishermen objected to this idea as they wanted to keep working in the same place as they always have, the muelle de Pescadors. However, the marina will go ahead, creating spaces for between 100 and 150 yachts, including for some that can measure up to 70 metres. La Vanguardia has seen documentation relating to the construction that suggests it could be ready by 2015. However, the final complex is likely to be significantly different from that which port authorities originally wanted due to bureaucratic and financial problems. The W Hotel, located in the same area, was also subject to changes to its original scope, leaving it much shorter than originally planned. The designs for the new development include a dry marina for 243 boats, around 100,000 square metres of buildings including those for the port authorities and services, a sports complex and fuel storage, as well as restaurants and outdoor eating areas.
Catalan Television, TV3, tomorrow launches a new 24-hour sports channel, Esport 3 (read article in Catalan here, Avui). Presented yesterday at the Museu Olimpic by the head of the channel Mònica Terribas and members of the sports department, and attended by various figures from the local sports world, Esport 3 will start its official broadcasts with the screening of Saturday's match between FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. Terribas said that it was hoped the new channel would help TV3 compete better with the hegemony of the Spanish channels and improve the power of Catalan broadcasting. The head of sport at TV3, Josep Maria Farràs, said that sport had long been one of the key pillars of the broadcaster and that Esports 3 will take over showing many of the sporting fixtures previously seen on the second channel of TV3, 33, although he added that there will also be new programmes that will gradually be introduced into the schedule of Esports 3.