ERIC Number: EJ765809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 17
Childhood Obesity: A Growing Phenomenon for Physical Educators
Green, Gregory; Reese, Shirley A.
Education, v127 n1 p121-124 Fall 2006
The greatest health risk facing children today is obesity. The prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States has risen dramatically in the past several decades. Because children on the average spend up to five or six hours a day involved in sedentary activities, including excessive time watching television, using the computer and playing video games, it is a must for physical educators to impart to them the importance of quality physical education. As such, curriculum concerns for the obese should include instructions in nutrition, individual and group counseling, exercise classes, and eating control. This article presents several effective treatment interventions for fighting obesity among children. This article also emphasizes the critical role of physical educators in helping obese children reach their lifetime health and fitness goals.
Descriptors: Video Games, Physical Education, Group Counseling, Children, Obesity, Child Health, Risk, Nutrition, Exercise, Intervention, Teacher Role, Physical Fitness, Physical Education Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: United States