Childhood Obesity and Sports


In class we were discussing on what we would like to do Portfolio 2 on and at first, I had no idea. After thinking more about it I knew that I had to do something with sports, since that is where my heart is, and I just randomly threw Elementary Education in there, which is my major. I remember my interviewee for Portfolio 1 was talking about how childhood obesity is a huge problem that can affect you in the long run. So, I decided to google, “childhood obesity” “sport” and numerous websites and articles pulled up. The two main ones that caught my eye was and ESPN site and a better health site. They both support the fact that there must be physical activity present in order to prevent childhood obesity.

The first article states,

” The National Association for Sport & Physical Education — a non-profit organization made up of P.E. teachers, coaches, athletic directors and other professionals advocating for physical activity — says students should receive 150 minutes of P.E. per week.”

This is just 30 minutes a day at school. I remember in Elementary School we had recess everyday for more than 30 minutes because the teacher would have us playing a game of kickball then playing on the playground. I honestly think that 30 minutes of physical activity is easy to achieve everyday especially if one is on a sport’s team because you have to practice everyday! Encouraging kids to join a sport, if they are good at it or not, would help them achieve great health because they are active, making friends, and being overall happy; which plays a big part in one’s health.

The second article states,

” Some of the many benefits of sport participation for children include: Reduced risk of obesity, Increased cardiovascular fitness, Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, Improved coordination and balance, A greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension (such as headache or back ache), Improved sleep, Mental health benefits, such as greater confidence, Improved social skills, Improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.”

Being part of a sport’s team improves your health overall. Getting kids excited about the opportunity of being able to be part of a team, can change their lives. Once part of the team, they will be getting more than 3o minutes of physical activity just by practicing or playing in games. Playing sports is the easiest way to be active, because I would rather go practice a sport, than go run a mile everyday.


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