Lack of physical education

Other Names:
Inadequate PE
Insufficient sports training

Lack of physical education is the inadequacy of the provision and effectiveness of exercise and physical activity within modern education.

When physical education fails to meet its goals of providing students with the knowledge base, life habits, and mindset necessary to be physically active throughout their lifetime, it can lead children to adopt a sedentary lifestyle. According to a 2010 study by the WHO, 81% of children aged 11–17 worldwide did not meet the minimum recommended exercise guidelines of 60 minutes daily.

Although more prevalent in countries of high income, physical inactivity is an international issue that is correlated with an obesity epidemic and negative physical, psychological, and academic consequences in children.

A high quality physical education programs consists of these attributes:

Physical education teachers are certified Students in elementary school have physical education class for a minimum of 150 minutes per week, while students in high school have it for at least 225 minutes per week Concrete and achievable standards for students to meet (often for high school graduation)

By 1997 in many American schools, physical education (PE) had been watered down so that little real physical training was required from children. By 1990 the number of schools with mandatory PE had fallen to 42%, and by 1995 to 25%. As a result, many students finish school with few precepts for keeping in shape through their adult life. They are moreover ill-prepared for any career that involves strenuous physical labour.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality Education
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST