Toward a useful physical education

We have widespread ill health. And in the US 42% of us have become obese. PE didn’t help most people.

Entertainment, porn, and sports show us buff physiques to consume. We prominently reward athletes. And advertising sells us convenient food.

We train people to external direction. Our received ideals of fitness come from military preparedness. And we measure and praise performance. Why?

Ill health increases. And the fitness industry grows. This is not working. This fitness does not help most people.

We are going to spend too much time sitting. We are going to look at screens a lot. How do we teach ways of moving as lifelong harm reduction?

Hope

We must teach hope because without it everything else we can teach won’t get used.

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Longitudinal Trends in Body Mass Index Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Persons Aged 2–19 Years — United States, 2018–2020

This report describes BMI increases among children aged 2–19 years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

the rate of body mass index (BMI) increase approximately doubled

Source: Longitudinal Trends in Body Mass Index Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Persons Aged 2–19 Years — United States, 2018–2020 | MMWR

Assessing Causality in the Association between Child Adiposity and Physical Activity Levels: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis

This study does suggest that trying to persuade obese children to lose weight by exercising more is likely to be ineffective….

Source: Assessing Causality in the Association between Child Adiposity and Physical Activity Levels: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis

Fatness predicts decreased physical activity and increased sedentary time, but not vice versa: support from a longitudinal study in 8- to 11-year-old children | International Journal of Obesity

Our results suggest that adiposity is a better predictor of PA and sedentary behavior changes than the other way around.

Source: Fatness predicts decreased physical activity and increased sedentary time, but not vice versa: support from a longitudinal study in 8- to 11-year-old children | International Journal of Obesity

It’s Not Working – POST COMPETITIVE INSIGHT

Feature photo caption: “A picture of my brother in PE class today.”   I wonder how many people within the work can admit it isn’t working.  Kids can say it.  Parents can say it.  Academics who perhaps used to teach… Read more ›

Source: It’s Not Working – POST COMPETITIVE INSIGHT