Happy Days and Smart Phones

Continuing in the series of the reasons why the obesity rates in the 1960’s-1970’s were 1/3 of what they are now, let’s turn our attention to the way our Happy Day’s characters Richie, The Fonz, Joannie and Chachi communicated with each other: they spoke, they did not text, did not post on Instagram, did not send Emojis and did not tag each other.

People in those eras were NOT tied to their mobile devices, spending countless hours checking e-mails, returning texts, surfing the net, forwarding cat videos from You tube, etc. These mobile devices have contributed greatly to inactivity as well. This is just not an issue for children/teens addicted to their cell phones, I-Pads and other electronics. We, meaning adults are just as guilty of succumbing to this addiction.

Time spent playing on a mobile device is time not spent doing something productive for weight control such as exercising, planning meals, focusing on your efforts etc.

There is zero doubt in my mind that technology has contributed to our obesity epidemic based on the addictive time spent using these incredible inventions. How to correct this? Examine your own use of these devices and if you find that you, too are one of the addicts and are not utilizing your time in a healthy manner, take the steps needed to limit the use. Concerning your children, be strong and make rules as to how long they can use them.

Nataliya P Serotonin-Plus Counselor

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