The rising obesity rate around the world is alarming. The US is in the top five countries which have a high rate of obesity amongst its population. This frightening fact can lead to the majority of the world being overweight in the next thirty or so years if nothing is done about the epidemic. Schools can play a role in reversing the problem and ensuring that children get enough physical activity to prevent obesity in youth and later on in adulthood.
PE in schools should be a mandatory subject from the first class to the final class. Physical education is a vital topic that needs to be taught to everyone, it’s also something that should be practiced by everyone but isn’t always so. Unfortunately, not enough schools, teachers and communities place enough importance on sports and exercise during school hours. Often physical activity is thought as something children can do outside of school hours but the truth is that they rarely do so. Nowadays a lot of their free time is spent playing video or computer games, or watching television instead of playing outside.
By providing PE in schools every day, children’s health can improve dramatically. Their risk of becoming overweight or obese during their youth and adult years automatically diminishes. With PE lessons children can be guaranteed a certain amount of exercise every day of the week regardless of whether they are active or sedentary outside of school hours. One 45 minute PE session that includes running around, playing sports, throwing and kicking the ball, can make a significant difference.
PE lessons at school can reduce the risk of developing preventative diseases. Diabetes is becoming more common amongst young people and much of that is related to their inadequate exercise routine and poor diet that lacks fruit and vegetables. One lesson a day of physical activity can improve a child’s health by lowering their chances of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and heart disease as well as joint and bone problems.
Concentration levels are also likely to improve for children who take part in daily PE lessons at school. The option is to either do PE in the morning to get it out of the way, and this is fine if there are facilities for children to shower and change into school clothes. Or as the last lesson of the day so that after their studies they can get a break from learning to be active and can go home refreshed and ready to tackle their homework. Schools should weigh up the pros and cons before deciding on the best time for children to have PE lessons. Either way children’s health will benefit from them.