Childhood Obesity & Video Games

Childhood obesity in today’s society is larger than ever. With all the different fast foods, video games and parents being busy, the kids are not able to receive the proper nutrition. Every parent when doing a lot of running around and has their kids with them complaining that they are hungry pulls into McDonalds or the nearest fast food place to give their child a quick meal. That gives them what they want but without thinking twice about if it’s what they need. Parents nowadays are so busy that they are not home to cook dinner which leaves the children to order out or eat junk food and sit in the house all day playing video games. Without their parent being home they are not able to go outside and receive exercise, meaning the only exercise they receive is at school at recess. Is playing video games and not eating healthy causing the children to become obese?

By Tim Ingham for computerandvideogames.com

Video games have been named as a main cause of obesity in the young by a World Health Organization study.

One-third of children living in different parts of the world are obese, said the study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

It reported over 70,000 teenagers from 34 different nations are overweight or obese. It called a sedentary lifestyle – ‘spending three hours or more per day watching TV, playing computer games, or chatting with friends’ – is the main reason behind the figure.

Only 25 percent of the boys and 15 percent of the girls get enough exercise, said the report.

“With regards to physical activity levels, we did not find much of a difference between poor and rich countries,” said WHO official Regina Guthold, adding that “growing up in a poor country does not necessarily mean that kids get more physical activity.”

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Learning At Another Level

Talking to the students in New York who attended a computer game based school which helped them learn. This made me wonder what if they wanted to attend college. Is there any college that provides the same education?http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-11-29/video-games-college-learning/51478224/1

http://www.popsci.com/entertainment-amp-gaming/article/2009-12/new-school-teaches-students-through-videogames

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