Study: Active video games have exercise-like effects in kids

Sept. 24, 2012, HealthDay

Adolescents who play active video games increase their heart rate, use more oxygen, and expend more energy, according to a small new study.

Low levels of physical activity are associated with obesity in children. Compared to video games that youngsters can play while sitting on the couch, active video games encourage movement and could help children increase their physical activity levels, according to researchers Stephen Smallwood and colleagues at the University of Chester, in England. Continue reading