ERIC Number: EJ1049382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Addressing the Needs of Overweight Students in Elementary Physical Education: Creating an Environment of Care and Success
Tingstrom, Catherine A.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v28 n1 p8-12 2015
The rising prevalence of obesity in society has resulted in an increased need for physical education teachers to create learning opportunities that promote physical activity among children. However, the presence of anti-fat attitudes and a limited understanding of the challenges associated with being overweight in a physical activity environment may inhibit elementary physical education teachers' ability to effectively work with students who are overweight or obese. By having a greater awareness of anti-fat attitudes and their potential effect on the success of overweight students, as well as by gaining practical teaching strategies, teachers may be able to increase the success and enjoyment of students who are overweight or obese in physical education settings. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of anti-fat attitudes, as well as to discuss the challenges of being overweight in a physical activity environment. It also provides practical recommendations for modifying and adapting the elementary physical education experience in order to offer a more supportive environment for students who are overweight or obese.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Obesity, Health Needs, Physical Education, Health Related Fitness, Caring, Success, Physical Activities, Health Activities, Educational Experience, Health Behavior, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Educational Environment, Individualized Instruction, Interpersonal Relationship, Positive Attitudes, Peer Influence, Change Strategies, Social Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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