While health experts cite an alarming spike in the number of overweight teenagers, many of these seemingly ingrained habits are linked to cultural patterns taken for granted during the past several decades. Yet parents, educators and kids exercise a great deal of control over the variables within the cultural equation. Researchers at a middle school studied PE classes, cafeteria meals and snacking trends among students not merely to measure the effects of exercise and nutritional choices, but to examine the attitudes and expectations surrounding the school cafeteria and physical education classes. What are students' attitudes toward PE classes? Are there differences between boys and girls? Will eating habits change if cafeteria menus do? What can the average student, family and school do to implement easy and appetizing measures designed to increase students' energy while improving their fitness and overall well-being? This case study examines these questions from the cultural, social and practical points of view of today's teenagers and their families.
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