Teaching Overweight Students in Physical Education

Teaching Overweight Students in Physical Education : Comprehensive Strategies for Inclusion

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Overweight students often suffer negative consequences with regards to low physical ability, skills, and fitness; obesity-related health implications; being teased and excluded from physical education by their peers; and psycho-social and emotional sufferings as a result of weight stigma. This has presented an unprecedented challenge for teachers to include them in physical education activities, even when they strive to provide individualized instruction for diverse learners and foster positive learning environments. Educators stand to greatly benefit from specific knowledge and skills to reduce bias and include overweight students. Teaching Overweight Students in Physical Education offers a compact and easy-to-read take on this problem. It begins by summarizing information on the obesity trend, weight stigma, and coping mechanisms. Next, it introduces the Social Ecological Constraint Model, which casts the teacher as an agent of change who is aware of and manipulates a variety of factors from multiple levels for effective inclusion of overweight students in physical education. Finally, it provides detailed strategies guided by the conceptual model for instructors to implement into their physical education classes. In all, this book provides a map for successfully including overweight students and offers practical strategies for physical education teachers to create inclusive and safe climates, and design differentiated instructions to maximize overweight or obese students' engagement and learning. Comprehensive, evidence-based, and timely, this book is tailored for physical education educators and practitioners, but will also benefit parents of overweight children by providing them with strategies for educating their children on how to cope with stigma and weight-related teasing.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 235.87g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 black & white tables
  • 113884134X
  • 9781138841345

About Weidong Li

Weidong Li is Assistant Professor of Physical Activity and Educational Services at the Ohio State University. His areas of expertise are theory-based physical activity interventions, weight-related teasing and coping, and physical activity and cognition.show more

Table of contents

1. Obesity and Obesity-Related Consequences 2. Weight Stigma and Obesity Bias 3. Teaching Students How to Cope against Obesity Bias 4. A Conceptual Framework for Inclusion: The Social Ecological Constraint Model 5. Strategies for Inclusion in Physical Education: Applying the Social Ecological Constraint Modelshow more