E-Games boost physical activity in children; Might be a weapon in the battle against obesity

Jan. 9, 2013, Newswise

Video games have been blamed for contributing to the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. But a new study by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) suggests that certain blood-pumping video games can actually boost energy expenditures among inner city children, a group that is at high risk for unhealthy weight gain.

The study, “Can E-gaming be Useful for Achieving Recommended Levels of Moderate to Vigorous-Intensity Physical Activity in Inner-City Children,” appeared Jan. 9 in the online edition of the scientific journal Games for Health. Continue reading