The 'obesity crisis' and school physical education

Kirk, David (2006) The 'obesity crisis' and school physical education. Sport Education and Society, 11 2: 121-133. doi:10.1080/13573320600640660

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Author Kirk, David
Title The 'obesity crisis' and school physical education
Journal name Sport Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-1243
Publication date 2006-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573320600640660
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 133
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 160508 Health Policy
Abstract The article builds on a number of recent critical reviews to argue that claims that we are experiencing an obesity crisis are almost entirely without foundation. The possibility is explored that this crisis is manufactured through a complex process of the social production of knowledge. The article marshals evidence to challenge the basis upon which crisis claims are made. In the context of this challenge, the relationship of this alleged crisis to school physical education is explored. Despite ambivalence from physical educators over the place of health-related exercise in their programmes, I propose that they may find it increasingly difficult to resist calls for physical education to be held accountable for children's health. This is because the notion of the obese child generates a powerful and increasingly pervasive cultural symbolism of degeneration. I conclude that there is a need for a critical pedagogy in physical education to provide a morally and educationally defensible form of engagement with obesity discourse.
Keyword Childhood obesity
School physical education
Health-related exercise
Obesity discourse
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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