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Instead of cutting recess time, school administrators should be preserving it or even extending it
Now, I'm tempted to ask the same of Spotsylvania County school administrators, who recently decided to cut some of their students' recess time.
Maybe Domino's and the school administrators are not aware of the gloom-and-doom predictions taking hold as our kids get ever fatter and we succumb to the "diabesity" epidemic.
To quote the blurb on the cover of a great book, "Super Size Kids" by Dr. Walt Larimore and dietitian Sherri Flynt:
"It's not just 'baby fat' they'll grow out of," the pair write of kids' excess weight. "Today, doctors are seeing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and heart disease--which once affected only adults in their fifties--striking children as young as six."
According to one study quoted in the book, almost 40 percent of children are considered obese before age 6.
The forecast is that childhood obesity will not only cause a lot of misery and morbidity, but also will grossly overtax our medical and financial resources--from a combination of the cost of treatment and cost of the disability that obesity is predicted to cause. (This is especially bleak when combined with the fact that baby boomers are maturing into infirmity and out
So, when I see restaurants promoting junk-food concoctions and hear of school systems cutting recess, I can't help but protest.
A SQUEEZE ON FITNESS
There are multiple changes taking place in our culture that account for the rise in obesity. The massive amounts of incredibly calorie-dense fast foods and drinks we consume have a lot to do with it.
But so does our slothful lifestyle--and this is the stick with which I wish to beat the Spotsylvania school administrators.
It is well recognized that our kids are less active than they used to be. But school is one place we can get them moving, especially at recess, when they can run amok with their buddies--which is probably more intense exercise than some of the formal PE classes.