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International study shows benefits of ‘exergaming’ for children

17th May 2013

Scientists have highlighted the potential of active motion-based videogames as a means of improving children's health and lowering the risk posed by obesity.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia, Liverpool John Moores University and Swansea University have evaluated the effects of the active videogame Kinect Sports among 15 children aged between nine and 11.

It was found that high-intensity exergaming elicited an energy expenditure equivalent to moderate-intensity standard exercise, while also decreasing flow-mediated dilation, a validated measure of vascular function and health in children.

Moreover, the children involved in the study demonstrated a high level of enjoyment of the games, suggesting they can be useful method of helping young people become more active.

Study leader Dr Louise Naylor said: "Higher intensity exergaming may be a good form of activity for children to use to gain long-term and sustained health benefits."

Children's fitness levels are becoming an increasingly pressing concern due to the looming threat posed by obesity, which currently affects around one in seven children in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801587288-ADNFCR

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