The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period (cdc.Gov)
Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. (cdc.Gov)
25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
Many other illnesses are also prevented with physical activity.
The average person needs about 45-60 minutes of physical activity every day. For students I think it can help cut down on obesity, and allow kids to be kids. In Finland, their education is one of the best in the world and they give their kids an average of 75 minutes of recess a day. They have the highest graduation rates in Europe, and 2/3 students will pursue higher education.
Kids need that physical activity to burn off steam and to improve their attention spans. They will get more exercise and they will have better attention spans in class. The exercise can help bring down the obesity rate of this country. Also, all this running around and socializing makes it easier for kids to make friends. I really can't see why physical activity is a bad thing for students.
Look at the number of obese kids. Being obese is bad and can cause health problems. If we encourage kids to exercise, they will keep doing it cutting down on child obesity. It could also prevent children from getting bullied because of their weight. The kids should also be doing a sport they like so they will participate.
Many of our formal schools have obesed and overweighed kids. They eat all those junk foods served in cafeterias and snack sales. Teachers don't even notice what you eat and just let you eat them anyways. This has to stop. That's why we have these gym classes. They help you lower your weight with exercising, and they teach you how to keep a good healthy lifestyle. People who says no, is just trying to live life with a poor obesed life. They want their life line more short. And while your in gym and playing a good game of volleyball, you could might as well enjoy all that energy that can help you later on. Thats why students should have at LEAST 2 hours of phisical activity in school each day.
Us Americans and Canadians are fat people. Go outside and you will see tens, hundreds, thousands of people being fat. Its a sad world to live in where people think French, is more important than being fit. Look at this world. Were so fat. And educated on a language more than half of us will never use.
Yes, the number of children that are obese or overweight these days is alarmingly high, but it is not a school's job to provide exercise for children. Children go to school for education before anything else. The notion of taking two hours away from an already long six-hour school day to allow for this is absurd, so the only way to allow time for this exercise would be to add on two hours to the day. An eight-hour school day is ridiculous. Children can stay in shape by doing sports, including school sports, eating right, and living a healthy lifestyle. Schools provide options to get in shape and lose weight through sports, which are open to all who wish to participate. If a child does not choose to do a sport, that is not the school's problem. Many parents these days are not doing their job to ensure the health and maintenance of physique of their children. If parents were stricter and kids sought more ways outside of school to get in shape, America would be a thinner nation.
Two hours of physical activity is just too much time wasted in a school day. On average a day at school is six hours right? If you take two hours out of that then you are left with teachers scrambling to teach what they need to in four hours and then students don't get the help they need. If you add two hours to a six hour day then that's eight hours at school and away from their families.