Video Games and Obesity

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October 22, 2007 Video Games and Obesity In just two decades, the prevalence of obesity doubled for U.S. children ages 6 to 11, and tripled for American teenagers (Childhood Obesity). Obesity is an excessive accumulation of fat causing a person to become overweight. It is a serious and growing health problem, especially for kids. One major factor to the problem of children becoming obese is, video games. Video games have advanced dramatically over the years. From hitting a ball back and forth in the game “Pong,” and eating little dots in the game “Pac Man,” to first person shooters, and sport simulation games that look like you’re watching a game on TV. Even within the past six years, video games have advanced a lot. Games…show more content…
However, video games are starting to become more physical. The game “Dance Dance Revolution,” is a great game that involves a lot of physical activity because you have to dance on a pad with arrows, and the screen tells you which arrow to hit with your foot. Also the new Nintendo Wii, is a great video game console that involves a lot of physical movement because the controllers are designed in such a way, where they have to be moved around a lot, and sports games on the Nintendo Wii allow you to be very active because games such as baseball or golf are played using the actual motion of swinging a golf club or baseball bat. So video games are on the verge of becoming more physical which is good, but for the most part, they only involve sitting on a couch, moving your thumbs. Obesity has raised a great amount in more recent years, and this is a major issue because obesity can cause heart disease and early death. Kids need to become more involved physically by simply going outside and playing a sport or riding a bike. Sitting around on the couch playing video games all day is not the way to go. Parents are an important role in their children’s activities, and it is they who need to get their kids more involved with physical activity, and less time on the couch playing video games. Children need to have a healthy childhood in order to have a healthy adulthood. Obesity makes that very difficult to accomplish. Video games need to
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