A report has found that more than half of high school boys and two-thirds of girls never shower after a physical education class. Researchers suggest that students don't want to sweat and take a shower, so they are less active in sports classes. The researchers questioned almost 4,000 children in schools in Essex, England. Lead researcher Dr Gavin Sandercock said he was surprised at how rarely students showered. He said:"We know that children aren't getting enough physical activity because we have seen their fitness declining;if the unwillingness to shower is a barrier to working up a sweat or playing sport it's something we need to tackle to promote activity at schools."
The BBC says the study did not look at the exact reasons why the students did not shower after PE. There are other studies that point out the fear of bullying and humiliation may be behind the reluctance of some students to shower. Undressing in front of peers may be too much for some children. Pamela Naylor, spokeswoman for a health organisation in England, said many children had concerns about their body image and thatschools needed to address this. She said: "Schools, workplaces and local authorities all have a role to play in shifting attitudes so that physical activity, and what comes with it, like sweating and the need forshowering, is encouraged and accommodated."
一项报告发现超过一半以上的高中男生，以及三分之二的女生上完体育课后从不洗澡。研究人员认为学生不想出汗，更不想洗澡，所以他们对体育课的热情相对降低 。研究人员询问了英格兰艾塞克斯的4000名在小学生 。研究主任嘉文·赛德克认为他对学生不洗澡感到惊讶 。他说：“我们知道学生没有能够得到充足的体育锻炼，这是因为他们的身体状况每况愈下；如果不愿洗澡是他们远离运动，远离出汗的原因，那么我们需要促进学校的体育活动 。”
1.physical activity 体育活动
"Although physical activity is thought of as an energy-deficit activity," they wrote, "our estimates do not support this hypothesis.
2.be surprised at 对..惊讶
In fact, you’d be surprised at the high level of passion just after a huge argument.
3.tackle to 处理
But energy is just one issue that humankind will have to tackle to create a sustainable future.
4.take a shower 洗澡
If you are a member of a gym, perhaps you could take a shower there first.
1.What fraction of girls did the report say did not shower after sports?
2.How many children did the researchers ask?
a) almost 4,000
b) exactly 4,000
c) just over 4,000
d) around 4,000
3.What was the lead researcher's feelings about the study?
4.What did the researcher say was declining in children?
c) running speed
5.What did the researcher say was a barrier to working up a sweat?
a) dirty showers
c) eating too much
d) an unwillingness to shower
6.What did the BBC say the study did not look at?
a) shower cleanliness
b) the exact reasons students did not shower
c) how many children did not like sport
d) children's health
7.What else besides humiliation might be behind the reluctance to shower?
b) the smell of soap
c) dirty showers
d) children shower at home
8.Who is Pamela Naylor?
a) a mother
b) a physical education teacher
c) a shower designer
d) spokeswoman for a health organisation
9.What did Pamela Naylor say children had concerns about?
c) winning at sport
d) body image
10.What else besides schools and workplaces have a role to play?
a) local authorities
b) health agencies
d) the Internet