SHORT CHUNK # 3 - CHUNKAMANIA!
I’m proud to present, Chunkamania.
This idea was formed from the mind of the artist Jose and further expanded into a comic strip by me (of course Lewis did the lettering).
A while back Jose sent me some artwork that looked like a title card for an epic fight and the caption read, CHUNKY VS. THE O-BEAST. It’s currently on our Facebook page and I thought it was awesome and we had to do something with it.
I’ve stated before that The Short Chunks series is a day in the life of Chunky and his battle to overcome obesity. Jose and I spoke about this fictional wrestling character called, El Muchos Fistos. So much so we made a joke about Chunky taking the idea of using your fist to measure portion sizes to a whole new level (click hear to see El Muchos Fistos T-shirt).
I know this strip would be the reaction of any child who is a wrestling fan who finds out that he’s going to be meeting their hero for the first time. On top of that, in Chunky’s case, his idol will be giving him health tips to defeat obesity!
I have an image in my head for what El Muchos Fistos would look like and I’m sure Jose does too. Based on the response to this strip we’d have to consider having Chunky come face to face with his hero and the lessons that he learns during the training session. In the meanwhile, enjoy the Short Chunk and make sure you share it with your friends and family and on all your favorite social networking sites.
Now, watch as I co-opt a famous phrase from a mysterious man and make it my own…
Stay healthy my friends…
“Though marketed as a limited edition item to be shared amongst ‘friends,’ the McMega Potato just seems like another opportunity to encourage unhealthy eating and overindulgence (followed by regret, shame, and self-loathing).” -Tracy Gaughran-Perez, “The McMega Potato: McDonald’s Highest Calorie Item Ever,” Yahoo! Shine, May 28, 2013
My goodness. Is this real???
People who are overweight or obese are much more likely to switch doctors, a study finds. That may be because doctors aren’t helping them address weight issues. It may compromise their medical care, because of lack of continuity and preventive medicine.
Do you feel your doctor is too harsh about your weight? You’re not alone.
Just as there are “food deserts” in American cities with a shortage of full-service grocery stores, many neighborhoods suffer from a parallel (if related) problem: an oversupply of fast food. In these places, drive-throughs, burger joints and fried-fish chains cluster shoulder-to-shoulder on busy thoroughfares. So what happens if you live near one of these fast-food meccas?
In many ways, where you live is a significant determinant of your health, influencing whether you have opportunities for exercise, or sources of healthy food, or access to health care. It makes sense to wonder: Would all of that fried food (and the allure of a fast and affordable dinner at the end of a hectic day) eventually come to impact your health, too?
We’ll pause here to emphasize that the following research proves no causal connection between burger proximity and body weight. But a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health does find some strong correlations: African-American adults in Houston who live closer to fast food restaurants were found to have higher Body Mass Indexes. And the link was particularly strong for lower-income people.
(From The Atlantic)
This is our first in a line of comic strips that we are calling, “Short Chunks!” It’s another glimpse into Chunky’s world and his fight to overcome his health issues with the help of friends and family. A little harsh on our fearless hero? Yes, but, not as harsh as what will happen if kids think soda companies and their products can fix their health issues. A lot of kids who are working to live healthier lives might be confused when they see a popular soda company agree to join the fight against obesity. So we asked, what happens to Chunky when he finds out this soda company is out to help him? Enjoy and please comment below! LIKE us on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter!
“How do you lose weight? Substitute diet drinks for sugary drinks. Eat low-fat foods. Just eat less of the bad foods — it’s all about the calories. We are told, “Just have more willpower.”
These ideas are false. They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic.
Now, more than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight. This is not an accident but the result of careful marketing and money in politics.
We are told it is all about making better choices. If we all took more personal responsibility, we could stop this obesity and diabetes epidemic. We have been told there are no good or bad foods, that the key to weight loss is moderation. And, of course, if we all just exercised more, all of us would lose weight. These ideas hold us hostage.”
A new Harvard study links 183,000 deaths worldwide in 2010 to consumption of sugary drinks. In the United States alone, the number is 25,000.
Chunky and Friends is the Vivens Media Group’s response to the obesity epidemic that is plaguing the United States of America. We believe that preventative health care is the strongest way to battle this disease. When the consequences of obesity are addressed, the associated conditions of hypertension and diabetes prevention is possible.
Approximately 12.5 million children in the United States between the ages of 2-19 years of age are obese. A nationwide study conducted by the CDC in 1985 reported 10-14% of the adult population in 8 different states were obese with a BMI greater than or equal to 30. The epidemic hasn’t slowed down and is in fact speeding up. Four years ago only one state reported obesity in more than 30% of their adult population. Today, the obesity population in twelve different states is over 30%. In 25 years, we witnessed an increase from 8 states reporting up to 14% obesity to 12 states reporting over 30%. It appears that overweight children are growing into obese adults.
Unfortunately, a study released in July 2011 showed that thirty eight states report having obesity rates above 25% with Mississippi having the largest population of obese citizens at 34.4%. None of the states are able to report a decline. As a result, the life expectancy for this generation of children and adolescents will undoubtedly be shorter because of the early onset of diseases such as cancer, gout, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, diabetes and hypertension. Many of the diseases can be prevented by proper diet and exercise, yet when not taken seriously can lead to stroke, heart disease and death.
Social isolation among over weight male and female adolescents can stem from victimization and high self-consciousness. We believe that the physical maladies of obesity pale in comparison to the effect on a child’s self-esteem and confidence. A child’s development into a strong adult cannot be isolated to the television screen or video game controller. On the contrary, it is shaped through the interaction with peers and families who will support their conscious decision to lead healthier lifestyles.
Chuck is who Chunky grows up to be. As a child, his nickname was, “Chunky.” This was a name he accepted after his younger sister found it difficult to pronounce his original nickname, “Chucky.” As a child, Chunky experienced the challenges of altering his lifestyle after visiting a concerned doctor. Chunky’s friends represent those who also decide to make a positive difference to improve their personal health. Although we are placing emphasis on the dangers of childhood obesity, we believe it is important for all children to exercise and have a healthy balanced diet. Many health decisions in childhood can carry on into adulthood, despite a persons physical appearance. For example, just because you are thin as a child, doesn’t mean you can eat the same things as an adult. Chuck provides the reader with a glimpse into his past where he learned to overcome the threat of obesity with a positive attitude, a strong support group, good eating habits and active play.
We invite you to visit us frequently and purchase our new book, Chunky and Friends: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST!