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What is Causing the Rise in Childhood Obesity? by Bennuendo What is Causing the Rise in Childhood Obesity? by Bennuendo
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I'm setting out on a 4,834 mile journey on foot, from Delaware to California, to help End Childhood Obesity by encouraging kids to step outside more often. I will be taking daily pictures and videos of what I see and experience, creating a free documentary, writing a book and giving away stickers of the monsters above as gifts for my contributors.

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gvcci-hvcci Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I rarely ever go outside unless it's a cloudy day (I'm not fond of sunlight unless it's streaming through a curtain). And I never really went outside as a kid to play with other kids on the circumstances that I went to school in a different district, so I never saw kids from school near my house, so I never really had a reason to play outside. I'm fourteen, and I've kept doing this since I was very young. So all of the "go outside to get fit" campaigns have never really made me change my mind about being a pseudo-recluse :XD:

But this is a great idea, nonetheless. I think the targets for the campaign are children around six to ten years old, right? They're the most manipulatable easy to convince to go outside and play. It'd be nice seeing more kids playing outside nowadays. But I'll stay indoors, thank you very much.
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gvcci-hvcci Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Just noticed this huge run-on sentence. Oh well.
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Zero-Optix Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
We are (humans) to implode or explode (pun) and become machines. evolution. our bodies are frail.
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Luckydog34 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^
What you just said is something I whole heartedly agree with.
The Singularity is upon us, and true equality and enlightenment will be the aftermath of it.

Long live machines.
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Kirby-4-ever Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist
I remember when I was little, me and my brother would play outside with a bunch of other kids all the time. We would play all day until it's time to get back in.

Now since I'm 20 years old, when I walk my dog around my neighborhood, I don't normally see kids outside playing anymore.
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here... although sometimes they come out when it snows and they want to go sled riding. but they definitely need to be outside more often.
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Dead-Genre-Revival Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
It's none of those things. There are many fat kids who never touched a video game.

It's corn syrup and other "plastic" like foods that get stuck in fat cells.

Stop putting sugar (corn syrup) in almost every food made; lower the price of fresh fruit; and make illegal GMO's and other "weird proteins" and you'll see kids lose weight.

Oh, and allow kids to play sports without tons of expensive "protective" gear. Safe and fun are not always the same thing. Allow competition. Stop druging the kids.

The New World Order (sucks)
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't say that food wasn't an issue.
But video games aren't the only thing I mentioned, and there's only so much time in a day, but yet the studies show that the time is being used more and more through technology usage.
I think it would be hard to find an obese kid in the US that doesn't play video games, play on a computer, watch TV or addictively use a cell phone.

That's besides the fact that obesity is on the rise in almost every country, and not every country has a crappy food system like we do, but almost all countries have seen a boost in technology usage.
In fact, in some countries GMOs ARE illegal and their food isn't loaded with corn syrup like ours.
And the term "organic food" is more of a US thing than anywhere else, because in other countries almost all of their food IS organic, so they don't need to label it as such.
But yet, obesity is on the rise in these countries as well.

I don't like HFCS, I don't like GMOs and I don't like the NWO, but to say it's none of these things really shows that you're ignoring the facts.

Take a guy and give him 4 paths to choose from, and you tell me which one without a shadow of a doubt will cause him to lose weight. Path 1 being the path he's already on. (Hint: it's only really one of the paths)
Path 1 - Eat 2,000 kind of healthy calories a day and be kind of active (no change in lifestyle)
Path 2 - Eat 2,000 all organic calories a day and be kind of active (change in type of food, but same calories)
Path 3 - Eat 2,000 pure junk food calories a day and be kind of active (change in type of food, but same calories)
Path 4 - Eat 2,000 kind of healthy calories a day and be as active as you possibly can (change in activity level)

There's a simple science behind weight loss, and I'm sure you know which path would, without a doubt, cause substantial weight loss.
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Dead-Genre-Revival Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
It's about what's "causal".

Fat kids don't get picked for sports teams and they have less energy--so they stay indoors. In the old days, fat kids read books, had hobbies. We didn't blame books! Once you're fat, once you're rejected, of course you're going to play indoor games (alone) or assume a more likable internet persona.

I know many fat people (Americans and not). They are not gluttons, they are not lazy, and they are not gamers, and they don't drink beer etc. They are older people whose parents etc, were not fat. They're fat because they cannot afford food that doesn't have garbage in it.

Look at all the diets, none of them have been proven as "the" diet. Some of them make sense, some don't. It's not just calories, it's much more complex than that. There is now creditable evidence that all wheat is bad for you (yet wheat is being touted as healthy).

BTW, HFCS is in the food overseas as are other ingredients that allow junk to be loaded into fat cells, and organic has more to do with pesticides than GMO (that's because Organic is not an official term with official standards).

It sounds to me like you have a lot of emotional energy invested in thinking you have the solution to this problem. However, your own chart shows that the steepest rise began before and ahead of the saturation of game platforms and games for "2 year olds". Also, the data on your chart shows that watching 30 to 50 minutes of TV makes kids fat. But once they're watching 90 minutes of TV, their weight levels off. It doesn't make sense, because it's not causal.

In any case... good luck with your mission--but I think you're the one who is ignoring facts (and history).
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xTotalSonicfan1x Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You say "its not about the calories"? Correct me if I'm wrong since i thought about this a few weeks ago: Since anyone can consume three apples and have consumed 300 calories without eating one pizza that would have been about 300 calories, it doesn't matter how many calories is in food or a meal, its what percentage makes up artificial ingredients, fat, and unnecessary amounts of sodium and other things because this causes the body to store access fat that it cant break down.

In other words, you're right. I'm just wondering if what I've been thinking about for a while is right, since I always hear about going on diets to eat meals that have less calories which, because of my realization, makes no sense.
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Dead-Genre-Revival Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
It's mainly about absorption. Without going into a long thesis, if the food doesn't get absorbed into your body, for whatever reason, the calories don't matter. Your colon may have a hard time absorbing some foods and sometimes one food can block other foods from being absorbed.

However, it is much more likely that certain foods (chemicals or whatever you want to call them) will be absorbed and (in some cases) "leave the door open" and allow other foods to enter.

No matter what trendy "fad" diet you look at, the science of how the colon works doesn’t change.
Many things affect your absorption, probiotic bacteria, diseases such as IBS, and certain chemicals will block or enhance absorption of other chemicals.

For example there's an interesting chemical in grapefruit that will keep certain drugs in your system, causing an overdose. Black pepper has a chemical that helps certain chemicals get into the bloodstream. The problem is, it may open the door to toxins as well.

If your stool floats, it means there is fat in your stool. If you eat very little fat, that could mean that the small amount of fat you eat is not being fully digested (perhaps you are not producing enough bile). So if you eat 300 calories of cheese, but most of it passes through without being absorbed, then it can't make you gain weight. Some nuts must be chewed very well or they won't be digested fully.

Rice and potatoes and sugar are carbs, yet according to culture studies, rice doesn't cause the weight gain that sugar does.

It's also possible for fiber to absorb certain fats (lipids). If you take vitamin D3 you're not supposed to take it with fiber because the fiber can absorb it before the colon can.

After the food is absorbed, the other factors are: toxins that block the efficient use of nutrients, genetics that govern metabolism, and other biological factors.

The bottom line is, people who have energy don't sit in one place for very long. You lose your energy first, then you get fat.
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't start out obese, and sure it can be easier to do certain things once you're fat. But I gained weight after high school, because of lack of activity, but I also dropped the weight because I didn't like living an inactive lifestyle. Games, TV, computers and cell phones can be really addicting, especially when way back in 2009 20% of kids ages 6-11 owned their OWN cell phone. You start them out at 6 with a cell phone and get to 18 and try to take that cell phone away from them... good luck! There have even been studies that show that a cell phone is one of the last things anyone is willing to give up.

The issue then is that kids sit around a table for a meal and are ALL texting and taking Instagram pics, and not interacting with each other. When they go outside they're steady looking at that screen and aren't running around and playing. There are games, apps, the internet and texting to be had on that phone... why be active, right?

And there have even been studies that show that healthy food isn't always more expensive than junk food. You could have healthy food, for just as cheap as junk food, and feel full a lot longer. The problem is, for most people, is that healthy food takes longer to make.

And I agree that "diets" are useless if they extremely limit something or are temporary; it has to be a lifestyle change. You have to change your way of thinking, and your behaviors; you can't go for a quick fix.

HFCS is in some food overseas, but not as much as it is here (they limit it by law) and not in every country's food system.

The studies I show for video games, which seems to be the main thing you focus on (are you a gamer?), started in 1999... video games were around WAY before that. I just picked a more recent study to show how things are going up these days. I didn't select that study because it was the biggest rise in video game usage. Video games were huge in the 80s and early 90s (go dive into the history) and the interest keeps rising. Plus, for the TV study, 2010 and 2012 only represent one quarter of the year, which is why one's way up and one's way down... the other years are for the average of the full year. I used what data was available, and studies take time to be finalized.

Technology has been on the rise in all areas, we just have multiple areas interest now and if you spend an hour watching TV, maybe an hour or two playing video games, a few hours on your computer while you text with your friends... then it's suddenly dark outside and there's no time to be active. Unless you enjoy running on a treadmill or have access to an indoor basketball court or something. That's what I'm showing with my infographic.

And what I am doing is getting kids to actively take part in changing their health for the better. You can get a kid to eat their vegetables, if you have some skills, but it's not hard to get a kid to play a game of basketball if he likes the sport.

And my path example was to show you that it doesn't matter what type of diet you eat; you have to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose fat. It's not just calories, but that's the main issue because calories are units of energy and if you consume excess energy a lot of it will be stored because your body doesn't know that you have more food waiting for you in the kitchen. It takes what it's given, keeps what it can just in case you don't eat again for a while, and the rest goes out the back and front door. Just like if you starve yourself your metabolism slows down because your body doesn't know when it will get food again, and it's trying to stay alive. So, you burn less calories just to get by and it's harder to lose weight.

Sure, your body will run more efficiently on healthy food, you'll feel better, you'll feel full longer, but it's not going to magically make you skinny. But when you eat healthier, you stay full longer and don't snack in between and wait.. you're losing weight... it must be just because of the healthy food! Nope, it's because you consumed less calories because you didn't load up on the useless calories in junk food. I know plenty of overweight vegans who choose the healthiest options they can find, and take the time to prepare their food.

But let's agree to disagree, that way we can both be right in our own minds. Have a good one!
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serachi1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I blame it all on Justin Bieber Its ur fault kids are fat justin!!!!

*No offense toJB fans its a joke*
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MsLittlePets Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always go outside.
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FlameTehLucario Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I don't watch TV that often because there's almost nothing entertaining, I wouldn't really consider myself, ''overweight'' since I'm only 146 pounds, I go outside every now and then but there's really nothing to do besides sit around and stare at the clouds, because I'm the only child in my family, so I think I'm safe.
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Helljumper4 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I missed those day playing outside with my cousin first m grandmother calls. We pretend to go inside,but u-turn back.
2nd time: She calls us again we come inside for real only to sneak out and play around like a bunch of horses!
3rd time:...She sends grandfather out and we sprint like hell back in before we get an ass whoopin,LOL

Those were great days...
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! It use to be that you hated being called to come INSIDE. I didn't want to be called in to take a bath, or to eat, or because it was dark... but now either the kids have to beg to go outside or they're too hooked on their electronics to want to go outside.
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Thebladecharge Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
proably bulling
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kitty231467 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
this is for childhood obesity not bulling and this is how you spell probably
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CarlsJ Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Shut up fatty
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Thebladecharge Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Nope and you don't even know if i am fat
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CarlsJ Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I know you're fat, and that's a fact.
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Thebladecharge Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
whatever i could care less.
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III-rEVOLution-III Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
wtf
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Auzeen34 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nuuuuuuu, but it rains ALOT, and there's SO much rain I might get sick D:
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm only a fan of summer storms with either warm rain or lightning. I had to do a bunch of training runs this past week in really cold rain.
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TheMewMix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
But I like being fat. D;
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tetrisman64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Legit, man. You're an inspiration. Keep up the good work. :3
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Naiko-Morei Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I walk miles to school and back I think im okay too lol
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only if it's uphill, both ways, in a foot of snow ;)
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Naiko-Morei Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm getting tired just reading that. :(
No seriously, I think it's great what you're supporting especially at a time like this :)
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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hatsuneMikuAndGhibli Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I go on my trampoline! Think I'm safe!
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the spirit! haha
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BaltaMalta Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I watch TV and play video games all the time. I also walk the dog and play wii fit daily. I think im good ^^
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G-man2000 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
When ever someone uses there artwork to send a message, then that goes double when it comes to a cause. Whenever someone uses there artwork to send a message and educate, then that goes triple! Great illustrations Bennuendo!
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually paid my friend through Fiverr to draw them for me; his site is at the bottom of the infographic. I've known him for years and he's always been an awesome artist. Every monster he was commissioned to draw meant a little bit of money toward an adoption fund.
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xMDMA Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I LOVE the outdoors, but where I am, there isn't very nice weather, it's either extremely hot, or extremely cold, and I just can't wait for spring!
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's getting colder here too, but there's always snowboarding and sledding!
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fanaticalpokeblack Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
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fanaticalpokeblack Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im sorry i may agree with this too u know
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Crisy101 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I spend a lot of time on the computer, but I also would hate it if I couldn't go outside again. Why is it that many others kids, some even the same age as me, not see the appeal of outside? It's just sad that this is such a problem.
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, trying to beat a video game or trying to go through all the information on the internet can be too addicting. For some, they seem to like to escape with a few clicks of a button, rather than explore outside and build some real memories.
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El3ctro-Mess Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Its like:
GET OFF DA AND GO OUTSIDE.
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fanaticalpokeblack Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
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El3ctro-Mess Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Its so hard to though.. O.O
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whitetigerclaws Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Get off Facebook and go outside.
Haha, I know there are many other factors. I like this poster. I like how it actually gives facts and statistics. :D
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Bennuendo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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