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Research paper-final - Professor Hodgen English 101 6 December 2005 When Gluttony Stops Being a Sin America's youth has a serious weight problem

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Professor Hodgen English 101 6 December 2005 When Gluttony Stops Being a Sin America’s youth has a serious weight problem. Other countries refer snidely to us as the fattest country on Earth. The worst thing about that statement is that it’s true. This is due to America’s skewed nutritional values, students not getting enough exercise, and the increasing addiction to electronic amusement. While elementary and middle school students might lack the required concentration to play sports, high school students certainly don’t. The first step in slimming down America’s youth should be mandatory after school sports throughout a student’s entire high school career. Not only will mold America's children into better shape, but will also give long term benefits regarding nutrition and emotional values. According to recent studies, 10% of 2- to 5-year-olds and more than 15% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight. If you combine the percent of kids who are overweight with the percent of kids who are at risk of becoming overweight, about one out of three children are affected (Overweight and Obesity, screen 1). This is a shocking statistic. Certainly not a fact to be proud of. The problem has grown to the point where it can no longer be ignored. The key is to get kids more active. The easiest way to do this is to combine it with already existing programs, like after school sports. It works too. Going down the line of most any high school athletic team, and the majority of teenagers there are the epitome of physical fitness. One Massachusetts football coach had this to say, “My kids don’t come to practice expecting to play around. They come to get a good work out in. The lucky ones have enough
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energy to shower afterwards (Diamantopoulos).” Work out regiments, when done right, can be truly effective. Some students even join teams just to stay fit. A former varsity soccer player regarded his time spent on the team with a great outlook. “I hated soccer. There is no other way to put it. But I loved the work out it gave me. I would never get around to working out on my own. Some one standing over me and telling me to do 10 more push ups was just the push I needed (Cowley).” That is a common problem among people. Motivation. That’s why making joining an athletic mandatory is so important; it removes the choice to be lazy. What is hardly ever focused on however, is the after effects of such a work out. Parents generally worry about what their kids are up to after school. The simple fact is, after a really good work out, kids don't have the energy to go out and party. Another former varsity soccer player claimed that “I was too tired after practice to go out
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Hodgen during the Fall '06 term at Mt. Wachusett.

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Research paper-final - Professor Hodgen English 101 6 December 2005 When Gluttony Stops Being a Sin America's youth has a serious weight problem

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