Kevin Armitage, What Studying Nature Has Taught Us, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 74-78 ( Abstract: Have you taken a good look at American children lately? They’re pudgy. Indeed, nearly 20 percent of them are obese.1 They watch a lot of television and play a lot of video games—over seven and a half hours of electronic entertainment a day if they’re between ages 8 and 18 (infants and toddlers watch about two hours of television a day).2 Four and a half million of them suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), a diagnosis growing an average of 3 percent a year.3 Many experience depression and other mental health maladies; 17 percent take the antidepressant Ritalin. They are myopic and lack vitamin D, which is crucial for calcium absorption and the lack of which is associated with cardiovascular risk factors.4 The electronic media diet has other effects: young children can recognize over 1,000 corporate logos, but few can identify more than a handful of local plant or animal species. These simple facts resonate so powerfully because many of us feel … Topics: Education; Health; History; Youth