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Should schools be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight?

  • Schools Should Provide Better Physical Education

    Without a doubt, schools should provide better physical education programs for their students. A program that educates children and motivates them to exercise and eat properly would work best. Too many schools simply offer relatively lax P.E. programs that get children somewhat active for an hour per day. More needs to be done in the education aspect of these programs.

  • Schools should be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight.

    It's important for kids to be healthy, and schools should help them in this goal. Schools should not allow kids to buy junk food in school, and they should have a program of physical education that will help them to stay healthy. In this way, kids can learn habits that will help them be healthy in the future.

  • Yes, to a degree.

    I don't believe it so much as in school's should spend extra funding on a dietitian or anything like that. Here's where I feel the public education stance should be on this matter:

    *Physical education should be required. Point blank. When I was in middle school, I opted out of it because I was lazy and they let me! Except in extenuating circumstances, all students should have to take physical education throughout their school hood, it is essential to life.

    *Compulsory offering of breakfast and a healthful lunch should be required. A lunch of a nutritional value only! No costly junk food that is dangerous. On Friday, they should have a more lenient lunch schedule allowing pizza or what not...It's not logical or necessary to deprive completely of junk and is unrealistic.

    *Nutrition education and not just once. Routinely teaching diet, exercise and nutrition classes to children whether through classes or workshops. Allow parents to attend workshops.

    *Removal or limitation of junk food and high fructose drink vending machines from the schools. Cut the temptation. Or modify the selection to more nourishing options.

    Yes, it is parents responsibility! But what if the parent sucks? Why should the child be doomed because they have terrible parents they did not chose?

  • Yes, schools should help children manage their body weight.

    Management of body weight is a very important issue for children. The health of children should be a major concern for schools. By helping with weight management for their students, schools are doing a great service for the future will being of those students. Children maintaining a healthy body weight may be able to avoid future weight related problems.

  • Yes, schools should help children manage their body weight.

    Management of body weight is a very important issue for children. The health of children should be a major concern for schools. By helping with weight management for their students, schools are doing a great service for the future will being of those students. Children maintaining a healthy body weight may be able to avoid future weight related problems.

  • Schools are already doing this.

    Like anyone else who is not the individual being helped, schools can only do so much. Part of what physical education does is try to promote a healthy way of life. Home economics classes try to teach nutrition. So I think schools are already doing this, what more do we want them to do? At some point, it's about parental or individual responsibility.

  • People who said yes are stupid

    The school system has changed from being rough and hitting people to making it illegal to say something mean, it is not allowed for a teacher to tell them they are fat. So who is to blame, I think, no I know that it is only the parents felt for giving their child food and more food. The parents are fat themselves or they just don't care.

  • No, schools should not be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight.

    I believe that schools should not be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight. That job belongs to the parents. They need to make sure that their children eat right and get enough exercise. Parents need to instill those habits at an early age. Schools have their hands full just trying to teach kids basic education. They can do their part by serving healthy foods in the cafeteria and eliminating vending machines with junk food.

  • No, schools should not be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight.

    I believe that schools should not be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight. That job belongs to the parents. They need to make sure that their children eat right and get enough exercise. Parents need to instill those habits at an early age. Schools have their hands full just trying to teach kids basic education. They can do their part by serving healthy foods in the cafeteria and eliminating vending machines with junk food.

  • Schools cannot cater to this

    While schools should definitely offer talks on health and healthy eating habits, or do something more concrete such as introducing healthy foods into cafeterias, it is rather illogical to hold schools responsible for helping children manage their body weight.

    Firstly, schools do not have the resources to do this. There are many students in a school, and not so many teachers. To cater to cases individually would be impossible. A school's primary job is to educate students, and while that does include educating them concerning healthy lifestyles, it doe snot include personal healthcare.

    Secondly, parents have a much larger share when it comes to responsibility. This is because parents are the ones who choose whether or not to take their children to see doctors, or whether or not to allow their children to join weight management programs, etc. Parents are the ones who buy children meals outside of school, so the healthy eating factor of the weight equation goes to them. Parents are also the ones who can actually encourage and allow their children to participate in sports. (While schools can do the encouraging they cannot "force" students to actually DO anything)

    Of course another important factor is the child himself/herself. Self-discipline is very important in managing body weight, and this factor is controlled solely by the person himself/herself. While regulation works, it only does to a certain extent.

    What is important in my point is that while schools should definitely be promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyles, they should not be HELD RESPONSIBLE when weight problems arise. This is because many factors that contribute to weight problems, such as parent's leniency and education, genetics, etc, are out of their control. Schools, or anyone else, for the matter, should not be held responsible for things which they cannot control. Take an Observatory and the weather as an example. While the observatory has the responsibility to warn the public of imminent hazards such as hail or extreme cold, it cannot be held responsible for deaths due to such hazards because many other factors, such as the amount of clothes a person wears or whether or not a person stays in a safe place, are not within its control. Same principle.

  • Help, but not be responsible.

    I do think that schools need to step in and help their students with their body weight, such as forcing upon more physical education. However, the bottom line, the school faculty is not the parents of the student, and should not be fully responsible for maintaining their respected body weights.

  • No, it is not the school's job.

    No, schools should not be held responsible for helping children manage their body weight, because the school is not the child's parent. The schools cannot do everything that parents should be doing for their children. Children have parents, not the government to raise them. Children should get help from parents in eating healthy and managing weight.


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