As humans become more technologically adept, we are becoming lazier and lazier. Technology has been a major cause of obesity within the country and as we become increasingly more reliant on it, trends in obesity will continue.
The amount of TV watched by the average American gives good insight into the extent of the problem. In 2009, the average American woman watched 5:31 hours of TV per day. Men watched 4:54 hours. From 1988 to 2009, these rates increased approximately 20%. At the same time, obesity rates have more than doubled. To me, these numbers are astonishing. Technology, in both electronics and processed food, has clearly been instrumental in the rising obesity trends in America.
What’s most troubling is that by 2030, the majority of Americans are projected to be obese if trends continue. I think it will be crucial to step back and look at how technology can be used to help combat obesity, both through improvements to exercise, but also with health. This is a problem that must be dealt with soon. Technology is a powerful resource, but must be approached cautiously so that its effects are positive.