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It is no secret that America has become an overweight country, yet having mandatory physical education is still a growing debate in the U.S. Physical education can help the emergent obesity rates, along with many other problems that exercise aids. Most students that are not in a sport are not receiving the exercise that they need to be healthy. P.E. should be a required course for all students that are not participating in a physical school sport already.
Physical education classes are necessary in schools because they can help reduce obesity rates in the U.S. and keep children in better shape. According to Time Magazine, one in three U.S. children is overweight or obese (Rochman). With America’s obesity rates continuously increasing, the government should do whatever they can to lower these rates, and mandatory P.E. is a step they can take. Lately, children are becoming lazier, eating worse, and playing too many video games, all things that can contribute to being overweight. Being overweight or obese can lead to serious health issues, like high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and gallbladder disease. In the article “Va. Senate Approves Requiring Physical Education,” the author claims that doctors are finding more obese-related diseases in young patients, like Type 2 Diabetes and cardiac disease, which were only found in adults before. One doctor even had a patient that weighed 200 pounds at the age of 11, and his obese weight caused him to have an enlarged heart (Sampson). These are very serious issues and it is frightening that people are being affected by them at such young ages. The leading causes of obesity are taking in more calories than they burn off, and having an inactive lifestyle. Having physical education can help the inactive lifestyle issue. Stated in the article “Physical Education in America’s…...

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