I must be getting cynical in my old age, but I reckon this childhood obesity thing is a beat-up. Apparently “over 25% of our year 6 students are overweight or obese and … as few as one in five report to be moderately or vigorously physically active.” I find these figures hard to beleive – don’t kids always want to play? Why do we have to give incentives for them to run around? Every school I’ve ever taught at already has compulsory PE, and kids are dying to get out of the classrooms and burn off all their energy. From my observations, only about 1 in 50 kids is obese.
This is just the latest pet concern of the media and the government is jumping aboard.