posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 03:25 AM
Perhaps the denying kids proper exercise in the form of PE and playtime / break time / recess is some sort of global thing.
Here in the UK, when I was at school in the 70's and 80's, our school hours were typically 0900-1530 / 1600, this entitled us to a morning break of
about 20 minutes an hour lunchtime and an afternoon break of about 20 minutes, also we did lots of PE, a few hours a few times a week.
My son is at primary school and the kids are allowed a morning break and an hours lunchtime, no afternoon break, the school hours vary from 0830-1500
to 0900-1530. They have to have an hours PE a week but schools have been soft optioning this and giving things like Indian dancing classes and light
exercise instead of proper muscle building aerobic exercise. Some of the allocated exercise time is done as a sort of 'rotation' where they do half of
the time learning a few French words or light exercise or computing so the actual time exercising is halved.
As well as the fact school dinners invariably consist of a main course and pudding (sometimes a tinned fruit option), it is no wonder there is
childhood obesity. In the UK, kids don't play outside like they used to either, added to that the huge increase in solitary / sedentary lifestyles the
media offers to kids via Playstations, Xboxes, video games, Wii, Facebook, texting, mobile phones etc and the addition of sugar to most of the
advertised kids foods, it would appear as some sort of conspiracy.
The PM wanted school PE time increased to 2 hours but didn't push for it due to the soft options.
edit on 9-1-2013 by theabsolutetruth because: (no reason given)