The Importance of Physical Education for Today’s Youth

Why do we have Phys Ed?

As we all know, health is basically the most important aspect of life that we must take care of. In the past few decades, humungous peaks in obesity rates all over America have been present. There are many ways to make sure that you and your family members lead a healthy life. Possibly the most effective and fun way of maintaining a healthy body is to partake in physical education activities in school. Mandatory physical education in schools all over America have provided youth with a place to be active and have fun at the same time. For some who might not know, physical education is a class taken in school in replacement for personalized exercise at home to ensure that we all get the physical exercise we need. Most adults don’t have enough time to exercise with their child at home which is why having physical education in school is convenient for the child and the parent

Based on statistics taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 16% of children in the United States ranging from ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese. 16% of America’s children sums up to about 9 million obese children. This percentage has tripled in comparison to nearly 30 years ago. The childhood obesity rate in children ages 2 to 5 has also increased drastically. Many experts believe that this sudden increase in child obesity is due to the availability of unhealthy foods, inactivity, and a poor eating schedule. The recommended physical activity time children are two and a half hours for elementary children and almost four hours for older children.

With a gradually increasing obesity rate in children taking place, it is important that we stress the importance of being healthy and taking part in physical activities in order to avoid health risk that are related to obesity. Since parents pretty much decide where their child goes and what they do, parents should take most of the blame and make it a priority to make sure that their children learn to be active at a young age. Physical education not only has benefits to health, it is also an excellent way to meet new people and experience things that you have never done before. Increase in technology can also be a factor that is leading to higher obesity rates. A larger percentage of the child population spends more time at their computer desk or playing videogames rather than exercising or playing sports.

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