All in the Technology?Around the mid 1980s, gaming consoles hit the market like wildfire. While the Atari was fun, it was the Nintendo that truly turned climbing trees and backyard football games into sleep overs trying to beat this new technology. As the games became more "life-like," the pediatric obesity statistics started to increase little by little. Next thing you know, other gaming consoles were coming out to compete and the rest is history.
It wasn't until the competition between the PS3 and Xbox 360 that child obesity rates shot through the roof. Their innovation allowed games like Call of Duty and Gears of War or even Halo to be played online, which gave kids the ability to have fun with others around the world. Just add in food, soda, and hours of gaming and you have yourself a childhood obesity epidemic.
The Wii AgeEventually Nintendo came back to compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360 with the Nintendo Wii. Its innovation brought on a whole new complexity to the gaming world. It allowed children to enjoy games that actually made them exercise without even knowing it. See, its things like tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, snow skiing, and everything else kids normally do outdoors. Could this be a solution to chronically overweight children? Whether or not it will lower childhood obesity for these youngsters remains to be seen.
Family TimeAnother area that is lacking today that could be causing the spike in childhood obesity statistics is the lack of family time. Whether it's the economy, having to work multiple jobs, or just the lack of money, many families are refraining from spending time outdoors. Instead we're glued to places like YouTube, starting up websites, World of Warcraft and other things online.
Do you remember the days when you went to the park during the winter to go sledding? How about just grabbing your bike and riding around the neighborhood? Even though some kids still do this, most of the children out there today would rather have a controller in their hands instead of bike grips. Then of course the parents are so in tune with the Internet, it doesn't bother them anyways. It's become quite evident that we have to change some habits acquired in our current culture to curb these youth obesity problems that have become so prevalent in today's society.