Classroom weigh-ins could become part of the school routine as a way to combat childhood obesity.
Scales would be provided in classrooms and fitness levels would be included in school reports under a new NSW health program, according to Daily Telegraph.
The new program would mean students must be active for at least half of their physical education classes.
Already trialed in ten schools, the physical activity program has been endorsed by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Mr Hazzard said the idea was to get young children active like society was 50 years ago.
‘You don’t have to be Einstein to know that exercise heads off a whole range of disease including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular,’ he told the publication.
With physical activity reducing the most between the ages of 13 and 18, the new program dubbed Physical Activity For Everyone will be introduced into 76 schools across the state and is aimed at students in Years 7-9.
According to NSW Government, the program was successfully rolled out in Hunter New England, Mid North Coast and Central Coast regions where students participated in an hour more of physical activity each week.
Schools will be given $3000 worth of physical activity equipment for students to use in their breaks while single-sex PE classes will also be an option to combat anxiety.
I do not agree with this happening in the classroom. If it has to be done there needs to be some strict privacy for those students who don’t want to be embarrassed or bullied about their weight.
It is certainly not a good age group to target in my opinion. Don’t they get bullied enough at high school?! Shouldn’t this begin in Primary school to instil healthy lifestyles from a young age?
It can be very humiliating to get weighed in front of your peers. Some kids are certainly at risk of triggering body image issues and even eating disorders.
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