Pokemon Go: Challenging Obesity 1 Pokemon At A Time
Start writing a post

Pokemon Go: Challenging Obesity 1 Pokemon At A Time

"Pokemon Go has done more to fight childhood obesity than Michelle Obama has done in eight years."

Pokemon Go: Challenging Obesity 1 Pokemon At A Time

Although Pokemon Go has only been out a short time, it feels like it's everywhere. Everywhere you look someone is playing on the street, in Starbucks, on the metro, or at work. People are willing to walk miles upon miles just for the chance of catching a rare Pokemon. All of a sudden, people are emerging from under their rocks and entering the world for the sole purpose of catching Pokemon. The news has been portraying all of the craziness and hype that has surrounded the game and that all seems to be negative. Yet, these past two and a half weeks have probably been the most active that Americans have been in years. A twitter meme said it best, "Pokemon Go has done more to combat childhood obesity in two weeks than Michelle Obama has done in 8 years." Pokemon Go has jump started physical fitness in America and it's a beautiful, yet scary thing.

For the first time in a long time, people are willingly walking. I work three doors away from the closest Metro stop. Only three lines run through that stop so people that need the other lines get on at this stop and go one stop and change trains. You can walk to the transfer point that has five lines run through it in under ten minutes. Yet, people were paying the extra money each way just to avoid that. Now, everyone is walking out of work, turning on Pokemon Go, and walking the three and a half blocks to the next station because there are quite a few Pokemon on the way. These are adult, Government employees doing this not teenagers. People are going on walks that last a half hour, hour, two hours, all the while playing Pokemon Go. One of my friends went on a walk for two hours around the city to catch Pokemon. He told me the story of one of his friends who has started running again because it's faster than walking to get the Pokemon. And neither of these stories are uncommon.

So, how is Pokemon Go doing something in a few short weeks that our First Lady hasn't been able to achieve in her eight years? Pokemon is something that people grew up with and enjoyed. Instead of cutting lunches in half and forcing everyone to get vegetables, Pokemon Go is allowing users to work their time on the game into their schedules. Allowing people to play on their commutes and during their free time, instead of imposing a schedule upon them makes people more likely to do it and actually enjoy it. Just think about the impact this game could have on health and physical activity levels in three months, six months, etc. It seems like Pokemon Go is here to stay and keep people active, at least for now.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

To my boyfriend's parents,

Keep Reading... Show less

How Not To Go Insane During Summer

Holy cow. If you're like me, you are bored out of your mind taking summer classes all the way until August. Then just to come right back and take more classes for the Fall?

It is like I am going insane.


I mean, I am taking rigorous classes which allow me to devote a lot of my time towards them, but still...it is only two classes. By the time I get done, I have a whole half of the day full of nothing. I end up just sitting on my phone for most of the day instead of doing something practical.

So here I have compiled a list of how to keep yourself from not going crazy!

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments