Physical education class: the perfect place to be bullied?

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Physical education class: the perfect place to be bullied?

By | September 2005
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Physical Education Class: the Perfect Place to be Bullied?

Every day we are seeing how the population in our society acquires really bad habits that risk their health. Obesity has become an issue touching everybody’s life. People are wondering what the solution of the problem might be, and a good amount of them think that the only way to stop this increasing problem is to fight it from childhood. One of the ways to keep children from getting obese is by making them do sports. Some people are convinced that forcing children to take gym class is the magical way that will help children to stay healthy and in good spirits. I agree with the fact that children should be involved in activities that make them exercise. However, I think that even if children should get some kind of physical activity everyday, they shouldn’t be forced to take gym class since it encourages other kids to intimidate the ones that aren’t perfect looking and bully the ones that aren’t talented at sports.

To begin with, kids at gym class intimidate their not-so-perfect classmates with their evil jokes. I remember when I was at high school and everybody made fun of the chubby girl who wasn’t as slim and tall as the other ones. Teenagers’ intimidating their classmates isn’t something that just happens in movies, in real life kids are cruel and mean with their fragile mates. In Gym class, children have to put the uniforms that force them to show their body. In an age when children’s self esteem is very delicate, exposing their body is not something they are so excited about. I can still recall the way the girls of my gym class made fun of my legs since they were so skinny and bony. For a long time, I felt embarrassed of my legs and refused to wear skirts or shorts. And that was something that happened to a skinny girl, I don’t even want to think how the chubby girls felt when they were molested by our other classmates who made fun of their fuller bodies. Thanks to the evil jokes of our...