Girls are joining organized sports in record numbers, but their participation (and performance) in physical activity outside of organized sports is declining. A recent study by the University of Minnesota finds that while more and more girls are joining teams and reaping the physical and mental benefits, the girls that have higher risks of obesity, diabetes, and poor academic performance (namely: "girls of color [in] lower socioeconomic groups") have little access to organized sports. In addition, "stereotypical standards of femininity" and the physical education's focus on the "motor elite" rather than developing skill has led to young women participating less and less in physical activity outside of organized sports. Maybe that has something to do with the popularity of frail-thin celebrities over "mannish-looking" toned women that these girls look up to? [Eureka Alert]
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