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Pediatricians should prescribe dance games to fight obesity

Friday 20/July/2018 - 11:06 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar

Video games that involve dancing and moving around could be a game changer for screen-loving overweight children، AS THE Daily Mail said.

While it may sound obvious، a new study shows that the benefits of such games - such as Just Dance 3 using a Wii - are so significant that doctors should recommend them to parents as a matter of course.

The rate of obese kids in America has soared in the last few generations as kids spend more time on computers and iPads than climbing trees or riding bikes.
In Louisiana، where the study was conducted، one in every three children aged 10 to 17 is overweight، and one in five has obesity، according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'Even in the past decade، kids are spending more time in front of screens - half their waking hours،' lead author Dr Amanda Staiano، who has been studying Nintendo Wii games since they emerged 12 years ago، told DailyMail.com.

'But games have advanced so much. I'm interested in seeing how we could use these games to promote physical activity.'
Half of them were told to habitually play one of four games on an Xbox 360 which involve performing dance moves in order to score.
They were told to play the games، including Just Dance 3 and Kinect Sports Season 2، for an hour a day for three days a week - a fraction of the amount of time many kids spend on sedentary games.
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