• Question: if robots take over are jobs (in the future) will people be to lazy to exercise and what effect does that have on the body

    Asked by nrtyx to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Hi nrtyx,

      Have you seen the film Wall E? Robots start to do everyhting for the people in that and they all become really fat!

      i think if this did happen then it would have really bad effects on the body. Our hearts and lungs would be under massive strain. We’d probably need an oxygen mask just to breath properly. Our livers would be in bad shape because of all the fat in them. We would probably be diabetic. Our skin would ooze fluid because of the amount of fat under the skin.

      To be honest, I think we would probably become extinct pretty quickly if this ever did happen.

    • Photo: Alex Munro

      Alex Munro answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I think we can see this happening already; think of all the machines & labour-saving devices we have now; cars, washing machines/dishwashers, lifts/elevators, remote controls… And then consider how much more overweight and obese we have become…

      Energy intake is also a factor – we live in an obesogenic society – and this means that a lot of people eat too much.

      Overweight and obesity just reflect the imbalance between too much (food) ‘in’ and too little (exercise) ‘out’

    • Photo: Andy MacLeod

      Andy MacLeod answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      I agree with Alex. I think we can see this happening already.

      Hi nrtyx. Over the last few hundred years, advances in technology have meant that people generally need to do far less physical work than they used to. And a lot of us now spend much more time at work sitting down in front of a desk. Factor in changes in diet, and then consider the epidemic of obesity that we’re now experiencing in the west.

      I know that since I stopped doing lab-work and started spending most of my time sitting in front of a computer analysing data, it’s become a bit harder for me to watch my weight. 🙂