Make Gym Manditory

And set the right path for the next generations


In the US, a startling sixteen percent of children are obese (John 2). Between 1980 and 2004 the number of overweight and obese children tripled to more than 17% (John 19). Obesity is not just a problem limited to children. Thirty-three percent of men and an even greater thirty-five percent of women in the US are obese (John 120). Obesity can be calculated by using the “Body Mass Index” or BMI. It combines height, weight, and age along with other factors to indicate the amount of body fat in ones body (Nardo 17). Obesity is becoming a serious problem and must be fixed. For many children, school is the only place they get exercise ("Health Education And Physical Education"). It is important for schools to make physical education classes mandatory because exercise will reduce the rate of obesity in teens in the US and exercise is good for ones body and brain.


Some people say physical education in schools is not necessary and a waste of class time. They feel that the core curriculum classes such as math, English, science, or social studies are more important ("Should Students Be Required To Take A PE Course?"). Children shouldn't be using valuable class time just running around in a gym. Some students may also feel uncomfortable in physical education classes ("Should Students Be Required To Take A PE Course?"). Nonathletic students may feel uncomfortable participating in sports and may be made fun of by other students. They might also feel uncomfortable changing in locker rooms in front of their piers ("Should Students Be Required To Take A PE Course?").


Having exercise in schools will greatly reduce the rate of obesity in teens. Exercise is the best way to loose weight and gain muscle (Nardo 12). Some may think that dieting is better but this is not the case especially for children. In fact, more than half of teenage girls and a third of teenage boys skip meals, fast, smoke, induce vomiting, and take laxatives to loose weight (John 14). Having daily exercise will reduce the rate of obesity in children in schools, also lowering the amount of children who do things like skip meals and induce vomiting. School is often the only place children get exercise, so if they don't, then they will get close to no exercise at all ("Health Education And Physical Education"). Making the physical education classes mandatory will lower obesity and could also cut down on the rate of children with eating disorders.

Exercise is also good for a person's brain and body. Millions of people suffer from low self- esteem, many because of physical appearance (John 123). Having gym classes could boost these student's self-esteem. Physical activity is also proven to help reduce psychological health issues such as anxiety and depression. In 1996, the Surgeon General of the Unites States issued a report saying that "physical activity appears to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve mood." This report also went on to say that "regular physical activity may reduce the risk of developing depression."(John 45). Exercise also improves ones mood and help you think better. This can help you in your core curriculum classes (Nardo 39). Depressed students would also benefit greatly from physical education because depression and other mental illnesses can leave a person felling isolated, but physical activity gives a person a chance to socialize and meet others (John 36). Exercise in ones younger years will also help later in life. People who are over weight or don't get enough exercise regularly often have health problems that can plague them for years (John 126). Research also shows that exercise can even help against dementia (John 126). Physical education will greatly benefit the next generation of children's bodies and minds.
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Making gym classes mandatory in school will decrees the rate of obesity in children and the exercise is also good for ones body and brain. If physical education classes are not made mandatory, the future generations will suffer from increased obesity, less self-worth, more mental diseases, and more eating disorders. Regular gym classes, however, will lessen these negative side affects of little to no exercise. Do the right thing for teens and children and make physical education classes mandatory.

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Nardo, Don. Exercise. New York: Chelsea House, 1992. Print.

Perritano, John, Robert N. Golden, and Fred L. Peterson. The Truth about Physical Fitness and Nutrition. New York: Facts on File, 2011. Print.

"Should Students Be Required To Take A PE Course?" N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2015.