There are five key elements to prevent obesity. They are families, teachers, schools, health professionals and communities. The five key elements help guide youth to live a healthy lifestyle and make the right decisions to work out and eat right.
Many schools increase their class time to make better activities for the kids to have fun and be active. Their goal is to have only 50 percent of the class time spent on non-active activities. Physical education has been targeting mostly athletic students. The ones less fit need better exercise and special help to keep them motivated.
Students and youth also need to trust what their body is telling them and follow it, while learning to accept their body image and not focus so much on stereotypes in the media. They need to make a change in their body and lifestyle to be healthy. They also need to think less of losing weight if they are overweight and watch what they are eating. Many programs have followed this guideline as a new approach towards health.
Prevention experts believe the first priority in schools is to change to healthy lunches, making sure all students take physical education and most of all these classes need to put the students to work. Dieting shouldn’t be promoted for adolescents because a lot of them care about their personal image. There is no need for dieting of a youth is being physically active and eating right.
The school districts are also trying to stress the importance of physical education is elementary schools because it’s better to start kids off young and they are trying to bring down the high percentage of eating disorders. Eating disorders usually hit around puberty. The important thing is reaching out to them and making a difference in their lives. Students and all youth need all the help they can get, not only from their teachers, but also from their parents.