Problem SolversChris Heinrich Kyle Rodgers Gil McDonald Robert Keller
Problem Space Obesity is now the second largest cause of preventable death in the United States. Our research group recognized the significance of this ever rising epidemic when we were asked to address an important world problem. More importantly, we recognized the role that childhoodobesity plays as a platform for creating and allowing such an unhealthy overweight population to exist. We decided that tackling the problem of childhood obesity would do the most good for the obesity epidemic as a whole.
Problem Spaceo Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 yearso In 2008 more than 1/3 of young people were obeseo Likely to lead to diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer o Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years o In 2008 more than 1/3 of young people were obese o Likely to lead to diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer Cited: Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: U.S. Obesity
Jack & Jillhttp://cdn.hivehealthmedia.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/childhood-obesity1.jpg
Jack & Jill Growing Up(Middle class American children) http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2010/09/childhood-obesity-common-cold.jpg
Jack & Jill Growing Constantly absorbed in Up smartphone to interact with others RegularlyRelentless eat use of innutritiousvideogame fatty food s(electroniccompetition ) http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2010/09/childhood-obesity-common-cold.jpg
RESEARCHGrocery Hunter - In this article, the University of Illinois discovered anapplication that can educate children on what foods are healthy. It is quitesimple. The app gives hints to the child and encourages them to find the fooditem, and the app is capable of scanning the item to therefore identify whetherhe/she was correct. The article concludes by stating how it’s user friendly and ithas fun and silly ways of getting kids aware of healthy foods.Foresight: Tackling Obesities: Future Trends in technology and theirimpact on obesity - In the past, technology has created an environment thathas almost encouraged obesity. Things such asTelevisions, Microwaves, Freezers, Computer Games, Cars, etc. have had apopulation wide effect on our society and the way we live. Foresight TackingObesities project is all about finding new technologies to create such an impactthat lifestyles are changed. One way to do this is to utilize what technology isalready in use. Some examples that were given in the article were cellphones, the Internet, etc. Using these technologies, this group will try to reducethe percentage of children ages 7 – 11 that are considered “obese”.
RESEARCHExergaming- Exergaming is a combination of exercising and gaming. This typeof gaming is used to help people with their health through the use of videogames. Researchers argue whether or not it is actually an adequate source forphysical activity but at the very least it does motivate less active people. One ofthe biggest challenges for these games is to make them attractive to theplayers. The creators have to make it easy enough to play but hard enough fora challenge.Video Games to Fight Obesity Article - One study looked to use video gamesto combat obesity in 10 to 12 year olds. This study was unsuccessful incombating obesity but allowed youths to increase their healthy snacking. Thegames “Escape From Diab” and “Nanoswarm: Invasion From Inner Space”were used to target fourth graders by Dr. Thomas Baranowski a professor ofpediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The results werecalculated two months after the fourth graders were allowed to play these twogames. While the students who played the game had an increase of .67servings of fruit and vegetables per day, there was no corresponding differencein the childrens’ Body-Mass-Index.
RESEARCH INTERVIEWS How did video games affect you as a child?Eli Funk- “As a child video games prevented me from getting outof the house and getting involvedin sports.” How did video games affect you as a child? Any thoughts over our application? Jason Schechter- “During my childhood video games took a great amount of time out of my day.” “I think it’s a great idea to incorporate physical activity into a video games.”
RESEARCH – CHILDHOOD OBESITY http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/st_childobesity_20090720.html
RESEARCH – ADULT DIABETES http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_STRS2/NationalDiabetesPrevalenceEstimates.aspx?mode=
RESEARCH - DATASEThttp://www.ispub.com/journal/the-internet-journal-of-nutrition-and-wellness/volume-6-number-2/prevalence-of-overweight-obesity-and-underweightamong-school-going-children-in-rural-and-urban-areas-of-thiruvananthapuram-educational-district-kerala-state-india.article-g01.fs.jpg
WHAT DOES WILD CHILD DO?• “Bump”• Food Identification• Avatar• Exercise• Friendly Competition• Achievements and Awards
IN APP PREVIEWAvatar Creation Screen o Application uses height, weight, and age to create a realistic representation of user o Additional customization includes hair color, eye color, and clothing
IN APP PREVIEWFood Identification o Application uses augmented reality to find and recognize food items o Displays nutrition facts on screen to guide food decisions
WORKS CITEDEli. “Childhood Obesity.” Personal Interview. 1 Dec. 2011.Jason. “Childhood Obesity.” Personal Interview. 1 Dec. 2011.Jones, Barren. "Study Tries to Use Video Games to Combat Obesity - Mansfield-Storrs, CT Patch." Mansfield-Storrs, CT Patch - News, Sports, Events, Businesses & Deals. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2011. <http://mansfield.patch.com/articles/study-tries-to-use- video-games-to-combat-obesity>.Kiili, Kristan, and Sari MerilampiLast. "Developing Engaging Exergames with Simple Motion Detection." ACM. n. page. Print. <https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Team America - Group Project/Research/[IU ACM Source] Exergames with Simple Motion Detection.pdf?w=633cc6f3>.Kogan, Anya, Hyungsin Kim, Chandan Dasgupta, Michael Novistky, and Ellen Do. "Grocery Hunter: A Fun Mobile Game for Children to Combat Obesity." ACM. n. page. Print. <https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Team America - Group Project/Research/[IU ACM Source] Grocery Hunter.pdf?w=c12cb9dd>. "Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: U.S. Obesity Trends | DNPAO | CDC." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html>."Research confirms obesity is now leading cause of preventable death in U.S. - Denver science news | Examiner.com." Welcome to Examiner.com | Examiner.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2011. <http://www.examiner.com/science-news-in-denver/research- confirms-obesity-is-now-leading-cause-of-preventable-death-u-s>."The Wall Street Journal Online - Childhood Obesity in the U.S.." Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2011. <http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/st_childobesity_20090720.html>.
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