Hey there! John here and I hope you are continuing to kick butt in your fitness and fat loss goals.
I wanted to write to day about a topic that really upsets me and at the same time motivates me to continue to do my part. That topic is childhood obesity and the epidemic it is becoming.
The reason I’m fired up right now is because of an article I came across by the Times Online over in the UK. (you can read it here). In a nutshell, it states that kids with consistent Physical Education in school do not have more weekly activity than kids with very little P.E. per week. To me, this means that the active kids in P.E. are just as at risk for becoming overweight and obese and I have to disagree.
As a previous fat kid in middle school, I can tell you that P.E. was probably one of the things that helped keep me from ever reaching any type of “obese” level. Toss in some organized sports (thank you Mom and Dad) and I liked to refer to myself as the chubby, funny kid. But I also know the lack of self-confidence and self-esteem I had. I remember being embarrassed about taking my shirt off for swim parties, etc. And I don’t really want any child to have to go through that.
With more and more schools experiencing budget cuts, P.E. is usually one of the first things to go. This not only leads to kids being far less active, but also never really learning more about different types of games, sports etc. It also doesn’t give them a “fun” period to play with friends besides recess.
Especially in a day and age where you find more and more teenagers and even younger elementary school kids with Iphones, video games, Ipods, and other gadgets, now is an even more important time to get kids hooked on exercise and keep them moving!!
When I was in San Mateo running a small health club we were able to do our part and participate in an after-school activities program with some kids over at Parkside Elementary School and get them excited to exercise! You should have seen them run around, laughing and having a great time while also learning about the rules of certain games and sports and how to play them.
And that is what we need to do! We need to get kids excited about exercise at an early age and continue it through middle school and high school. Accompanied with proper nutrition habits and staying away from those freaking energy drinks (which kids drink like a damn drug) and we are on our way to getting rid of this crisis.
What do you think about all this? I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section!
Talk to you soon!
Dedicated to your success,