Obesity, Gym Class and Home Ec

It’s been more than a year of an entire new set of nonsense from the Boomer Left on our behavior patterns. As usual the entire concept of cause-and-effect somehow eludes these people.

What am I talking about? Childhood obesity. Heck – any obesity.

Let’s see if it’s really that difficult, OK?

Now, I’m only 53, but ‘way back in the day we had Gym Class, starting in what then was called “Jr. High School,” and covered grades 7-9. In 6th Grade a counselor from the Jr. High came to our elementary school and told us about what to expect the next year. One of the topics was Gym Class, including dressing-out and showering every day. Yes, group showers with all the other boys. Every day. The only kid who even blinked an eye was promptly ridiculed by every other boy. I still have no idea whether girls took group showers or had stalls or what, but they, too, dressed-out and showered daily in Gym. So, in the Fall of 1966, off we went to Gym Class and daily showers – and no one complained – no kids, no parents, no one.

Fast-forward to the 21st Century. Now I have a son in High School and another in Middle School. Do they take Gym Class? Yes. Do they shower? No. Are there showers available? Not really – there’s a shower room, yes, but it’s full of junk and none of the infrastructure is functioning – no towel guy, no towels, no soap dispensers, probably no hot water.

And certainly no expectation amongst these kids – or their Baby Boomer parents – that they ought to nude-up and shower every day.

Well, guess what? If a teen isn’t going to shower off the sweat and stink of gym class, there is no way s/he is going to sweat hard in gym class and stink before members of the opposite sex the rest of the day.

So they don’t get the level of exercise they need, they think that showering with others is “yucky” and can’t imagine doing so. And we have kids lacking exercise… who get… obese.

Surprise, surprise.

But wait, there’s more.

Back in the same day boys had Shop class and girls took Home Economics. But of course we can’t have girls taking Home Ec anymore – that’d be sexist, right? So – now Home Ec isn’t offered at all, neither to boys nor girls. So where, exactly, are people supposed to learn how to prepare a healthy meal? To cook with the right foods, oils, etc.? To prepare a menu from the various food groups?

Answer: They aren’t going to, they haven’t been, and now kids are getting obese.

People can blame TV and video games all they want. The fact of the matter, however, is that the same demographics that now sit around watching TV used to sit around listening to the radio. But then they took gym, worked out hard, showered, and were fed by someone who had been taught how to construct a healthy meal from the various food groups, cook it properly, and serve it to a family at the dinner table – not the TV table.

This isn’t rocket science.

The idea that obesity can be fixed without ensuring hard exercise and without teaching a family member how to plan and serve a healthy meal is fantasy.

And the poor little dears of the Baby Boomer parents need to understand that their folks, by denying them what the world took for granted for centuries – passing on knowledge on feeding their families, providing exercise (to say nothing of hard, physical work) to children – have done them no favors at all.

About Alex Scipio

About Alex Scipio: Alex moved out of the People's Republic of California to the Free State of Arizona, finally tiring of the lack of the Bill of Rights, the overgrown idiocracy, and the catering to non-Americans & welfare recipients. He still wonders how America got from Truman, Eisenhower, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Liberal and Conservative extremes so badly managing America today. And, yes, islam DOES need to be annihilated. And doing what he can to get folks away from the extremes of political life.
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One Response to Obesity, Gym Class and Home Ec

  1. Robin says:

    No showers…a good beginning but the boomers have done more damage than elimination of showers after gym to cause obesity.

    I can remember my high school years: the “fat” girl weighed 150 pounds, not fat by today’s standards. Those were the days that our mothers made sure we had a good breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, toast and juice, luch and dinner were equally balanced. We were thin, toned and healthy. Then along comes some brilliant “boomer” type working for the government who decides that it is up to the federal government to set our diet standards and we get the Food Pyramid. Have you ever looked at that thing, eleven servings of carbs and very little protein or fats. Suddenly everyone starts eating fat promoting foods, fat free, etc. Look at the kids in an ordinary high school – fat and soft.

    Then sometime in the eighties we get Title 9 thrust upon us and in no time that would be interpreted to mean that girls and boys should take gym class together. I know I remember what it was like to be a teenage girl with boys being the main attraction. Had I been in a gym class with boys I know I would have been self-conscience, I would not have exerted myself or tried new things for fear of being laughed at by a boy. Yes, this is nonsense, but it’s normal teenage behavior. The boys on the other hand can no longer perform at their full potential as they are competing with girls and will tend to hold back. I know women don’t like to think they can’t do everything a boy can, but it’s a biological fact that most boys will out perform most girls in any sport – it has to do with muscle mass and body shape. As a result gym class is not the “rough and tumble” place it used to be which also adds to the obesity epidemic.

    And just a side note, I did not take showers after gym, none of us did. Our gym teacher was gay and she gave us extra credit if we took a shower…nope, not going there!

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