Personal composition - any topic we could choose, I chose "Keeping Fit"

Essay by ranoHigh School, 12th gradeA+, July 2005

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As crazy as this may sound while you sit there reading this essay, it is more likely than not that you are overweight. From a recent survey conducted by CBC News, fifty-two percent of Canadians are overweight. Keeping this in mind, it is also true that only a small percentage of schools in Canada have daily physical education programs. Why, when health care is being stretched to the maximum, is the government not focusing on a solution to the population's inactivity? Physical education at school should be mandatory for students until graduation from high school because it promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches valuable life skills and protects them from self-abusive and destructive situations.

It is important to maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. This is especially true for children. Obesity, a condition in which there is too much body fat, has become a health crisis in today's society.

Recently, obesity has developed as a problem not only for adults, but for youths as well. Side effects of obesity include Type-ll diabetes, lower bone density, high blood pressure and stroke, all of which can lead to death. This is why it is important that people practice physical activity when they are young. Some may believe that physical activity is dangerous and encourages children to become more violent. However, it has been confirmed that the media (i.e. television, movies, video games, internet) is responsible for the increased aggression in today's youth. Mentally and emotionally, physical education is beneficial for the student. Not only does daily exercise promote better behavior in the classroom, it stimulates thinking, which causes children to learn at a faster rate. Participating in physical education class is beneficial to youths across the nation.

The best way for students to live healthy lives, learn priceless life skills...