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Dr. Michael Katz

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Does the lack of physical education classes in many public schools contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic?

When I was in public school we had to take gym every day. I had 50 minutes of "physical education" every school day from Kindergarten through Senior year of high school. It turns out that LOTS of schools don't have gym anymore. So, does missing out on this 50-minute "workout" every school day contribute to childhood obesity.

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    May 22 2011: This is really about who should take responsibility and it would be nice to see this particular issue not dumped totally onto schools.

    Parents, Advertising agencies, processed food peddlers, fitness programs (at school), sedentary lifestyle choices and so on are all part of this issue.

    Ultimately, it comes down to the individual (adult) and parents modelling healthy behaviour to their kids.

    The 'system' is stacked against us but that's what you get for chasing money..
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      May 22 2011: I agree and the "stacking" can go much deeper.

      I mean not only are the kids being educated in a poor system of academia so were the parents!

      Where are social challenges coming from if not public entertainment and public educations!?
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      May 23 2011: I agree that we can't "dump" this on schools. I didn't mean to. I was only asking if it was part of the problem. The thing about PE classes is that it DOES get kids up and moving. The body responds to this by burning calories, increasing metabolism, etc. It also provides a great forum in which to TEACH kids about nutrition, exercise, etc. It is called Physical "Education" for a reason. Or, at least, it's supposed to be.
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        May 23 2011: Nope PE in this system only means a mild daily workout with the occasional sex and drugs awareness. More activity than education, no question.

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