The Internet Is Making Us Fatter, Faster

It seems impossible to go a day without online content interaction. But before jumping on the World Wide Web this morning I exercised for an hour because “spare tires” aren’t cute and bigger jeans at Kohl’s cost money. Balance in life is everything and perhaps the level of convenience our collective intellects have contrived is getting the better of us.

I’m not saying quit the Internet and home automation forever. On the contrary, use it. And always check back here at The Court of MVB for your favorite blogger’s latest court session. And visit the pages of the clients I write for. #shamelessplug (smiley face) (winky face)

Go back to when you were a kid before you knew the Internet people 30 and older. Maybe your family was the one without cable. Or you were the kid whose parents smacked you upside the head before you were about to beat the original Zelda and said get off your butt, get outside, and run around until you’re dirty, hurt or both.

Those were the good old days when kids were out in the neighborhoods playing ball or imagining their own games and adventures. We were all Goonies*.

 

*Chunk is the exception to this discussion.

Drive through the streets of suburbia now. Where the hell is everybody? Do kids today even understand the reference…

GAME OFF!

(car drives by)

GAME ON!  anymore?

What changed? We got the Internet in 1995. And within 20 years we got email, social media, online multiplayer and up to the minute coverage of crap we never thought was news. Thanks TMZ.

  1. We also can’t remember our best friend’s phone number anymore
  2. Acknowledge nothing unless it’s on Facebook
  3. Turned Google into a verb
  4. Put newspapers on the endangered species list and
  5. Got fatter.

That’s right the Internet is making us fatter, faster.

How fast? Allow me to throw you some facts.

By definition, you’re obese if your Body Mass Index is over 30. That means you have way more body fat based on your height and weight than you should.

According to the CDC, the obesity rate of adults in America was about 14.5% in the early 70’s. That’s when personal computers and video games started popping up.

25 years later, by 1995, the rate went up to 23.2%. So over 25 years 8.7% more Americans were defined as obese.

Guess what we got in 1995?

For those who remember Encarta Encyclopedia and the sounds of your computer dialing up to AOL, this was the birth of the public World Wide Web.

Netscape Navigator was the first major web browser to drop in 1994 with Microsoft Internet Explorer coming around 1995.

Yes children who were born after 1990, it used to be a big deal for Mommy and Daddy to bring home a couple of giant plastic boxes that talked to each other with a blinding blue screen called MS DOS. They used floppy plastic square things called disks (I know, weird) to do stuff instead of apps.

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Admit it, you’ve got a collection of Istuff with a bunch of crappy headphone sets too don’t you?

See back then not everyone in the family had their own Idevice to entertain themselves with so they didn’t have to talk to each other.

We call that progress. And it’s led to our obesity rate progressing upward.

From 1995 to 2010 (15 years) the rate went up to 36.1%! So it took 25 years for the rate to increase 8.4% without the Internet and 15 years to increase the rate 12.9% with. If that’s not enough to make you get up from your computer and do some jumping jacks (once you finish reading this) I don’t know what will.

From 2010-2015 that rate’s only decreased tenth’s of a percentage point. All that health conscious content out there on the Internet doesn’t seem to be helping. Why? Because you’re sitting on your butt surfing the Internet for the content! Isn’t that Ironic? Don’t you think?

Whatever happened to Alanis Morissette anyway?

This might not be what James Cameron had in mind but in a small way, Skynet’s happening. As our technology has advanced so has our decline in physical health. Is the human brain outsmarting the rest of its body?

The CDC is predicting that by 2030, 50% of American adults will be obese. Childhood obesity has been on the rise too. The U.S. currently spends 12 figures (thats hundred billion) per year on obesity-related health care. In 2050 or 2100, who knows?

Maybe it’s time the Internet, or technology in general, joins high caloric food, booze, work, and pleasure on the list of everything in moderation.

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