Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Study blames Video Games for Obesity

A lot of kids are glued to their television screens while playing video games. The recent study found that those children who played strategy games were more likely to end up overweight than those children, who played the blockbuster blood and guts ones like "Black Ops".

In the United States, nearly one in five between 6 to 19 year olds who were involved in "serious" video games consumed more vegetables and fruits.

Baylor College of Medicine Professor, Tom Baranowski, who led the study, said that a couple of games such as "Escape from Diab" and "Nanoswarm" are specifically developed in a way so that they can influence the diet of the children, who are more likely to suffer the risk of obesity and diabetes.

"Diab and Nanoswarm games incorporate a broad diversity of behavior change procedures woven in and around engrossing stories", he added.

Health professionals said that a lot of children are affected by gaming addiction, as they don't squeeze out time for physical exercising and avoid appropriate intake of fruits and vegetables that are suggested by the doctors.

The study even found that these obese children have higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease than their normal-weight counterparts.
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