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Physical Education & the Effects of Childhood Obesity

P.E Methods
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Kanen, Casey. (25 Apr. 2010.) "Physical Education & the Effects on Childhood Obesity. EHow.com." EHow.. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. .

Physical Education & the Effects of Childhood Obesity

If we look around us today, one in every four children are obese. Many aspects of American culture promote an inactive lifestyle, such as fast food and easy access to electronics. As a result, childhood obesity is on the rise and is growing fast across the nation. Schools, families, and communities across America have attempted to implement physical education into the lives of children in an effort to fight the occurrence of childhood obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control, physical activity “helps control weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat.” There are many benefits for students taking a physical education class. The article even mentions students doing better in school academically. Physical Education that combines elements of fun with rigorous activities is effective. Children are more likely to engage in physical activities they enjoy rather than those that focus just on exercise. I found this article to be very interesting. It does warn the reader that physical education is not a cure for childhood obesity. Children should be monitored to ensure that they engage in physical activities through out the day. Cafeterias in schools should also be very concerned of what they are feeding the students throughout the day. I believe the author understands that childhood obesity is a huge problem, and physical education may not be the answer, but it is a start to get students moving and have an active lifestyle. Work Cited

Kanen, Casey. (25 Apr. 2010.) "Physical Education & the Effects on Childhood Obesity. EHow.com." EHow.. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. .
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