Obesity is a global problem for developed, affluent countries. Childhood Obesity is at epidemic proportions
How did we get to this point? What did we overlook?
When we grew up we not only participated in a strenuous sweat-inducing exercise for PE and Sport at school, we also ran around outside for recess and lunch and ran like crazy. We played and swung and spun upside down on outdoor play equipment. We were ACTIVE
For sport each week, we participated in every Olympic style sport there was
- Track & Field
- Shot Put
- High Jump
- Long Jump
- Pole Vault
- Uneven Bars
- Floor Exercises
- Parallel Bars
- Pommel Horse
- Push Ups
the list goes on and on
When my kids started school, they would tell me they hardly ever went outside, they sat in the cafeteria for lunch every day and ‘snack’ was at their desk in the classroom. When they had to do “Sport” they walked leisurely around the track reading a book?
And you wonder why there is an obesity problem?
My kids always took a healthy, nutritious lunch to school
The food in the cafeteria was hot dogs, pizza, and chicken nuggets
One of the biggest oversights in schools is the lack of physical activity
How does anyone expect kids to sit around all day for hours at a time and not get any physical activity?
The other oversight from not letting kids run around outside at lunch time is that it was a great way to distress, to let off steam, to get all the agro out of their system, they would run it off and it was done
Luckily for my kids, they are tall and trim and eat healthy and LIKE exercise, but the odds are greatly stacked against kids today. The solution is so simple; let the kids run around at lunch time, introduce exercise again in schools as part of the PE / Sport curriculum
It might also just reduce some of the violence going on and give kids an outlet they need to reduce their stress levels