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Battling Obesity: Maybe More Colleges Should Consider Making Phys Ed Mandatory

January 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
As obesity rates rise among adolescents, teens, and college-age kids, so do calls for increased levels of exercise. But despite this trend, a minority of colleges and universities require physical education courses, a U.S. study has found. That’s a big difference from the 1920s, when nearly all colleges required physical education. Researchers examined data from 354 randomly selected four-year universities and colleges going back to 1920, when 97 percent of students had to take physical education. Today – when 34 percent of adolescents and teens are overweight, and 17 percent are obese – that number is at an all-time low of 39 percent.
Bradley J. Cardinal et al., "Historical Perspective and Current Status of the Physical Education Graduation Requirement at American 4-Year Colleges and Universities", Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, January 07, 2013, © American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
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