The number of overweight youth has more than doubled in the past thirty years according to an article, "Is Physical Education Becoming an Oxymoron" written by Vicki Worrel, a Physical Education professor at Wichita State University. In addition, fifteen percent out of nine million children, ages six to nineteen, are overweight according to the article "The Growing Cost of Obesity." Obesity is one of our nation's largest and most expensive health problems. Obese children have a higher chance of growing up to become obese adults (Troxler 24). As you can see in the statements above, it's obvious that obesity is a continuing and growing problem and all starts at an early age.
Physical activity should be encouraged at an early age. It would be best to make physical education a required school curriculum. A student taking a physical education class will have many benefits. For example, a child taking a physical education class will learn about proper exercising. It would also be wise if the instructors integrated information about healthy eating habits into the curriculum to further increase a child's knowledge on good dieting. This will help a child develop physically more in strength and endurance which in turn will build healthy bones, muscles, and... [continues]
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