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article imageGym more important than fat boot camps for kids

By KJ Mullins     Mar 19, 2010 in World
Obesity boot camps are not the answer for American kids' increasing belly size. But taking part in gym class at school could be the answer, according to a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Deborah J. Wray, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, says that the camps are like diets, just short-term fixes for the obesity epidemic.
"Short-term camps will not work in the long term. It takes at least six months of continual practice to create a behavior change," wrote in an article for the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
What Wray says would help is physical education classes at school. Those classes are too often cut when the budgets are reduced. By teaching kids now that it is important to be physically active instead of 20 years from now health can be improved.
Wray also suggests that schools teach their students about healthy eating habits.
The lack of P.E. at school is showing up in the military. In the last four years, according to the Defense Department 47,447 potential Army recruits in the US have failed their physicals because of their weight.
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