Obesity Boot Camps Not the Answer; but Gym Class Is.

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Source: Dick Jones Communications from American Medical Network

Obesity boot camps are not the answer to the nation’s waistline problem, says Deborah J. Wray, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

“Many programs have developed out of a desire to take advantage of the money that can be made from the obesity epidemic,” she writes in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. “Many of these camps are designed to get kids in shape in a six-to 10-week period, but they are short-term fixes, just like diets.”

“Short-term camps will not work in the long term. It takes at least six months of continual practice to create a behavior change.”

The thing that will work is physical education class in school, she says, provided that it is taught correctly. Increasingly, however, physical education is not taught at all.

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