Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

September 4, 2008 -

A report released this week by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine maintains that kids burn calories four times as fast when engaged in an active video game than a passive one.

According to Medical News Today:

...over 83% of children in the US between the ages of 8 and 18 have video game consoles in their bedrooms. The alarming increase in obesity rates that coincides with this trend may not be a coincidence, as seated video games may contribute to time spent sedentary rather than active. 

While you might expect that the authors looked at the Nintendo Wii or perhaps multi-platform aerobic games like Dance Dance Revolution, the report focuses on the XaviX gaming system (see video), manufactured by Japan's SSD Company, Ltd. Among the XaviX's offering are simulations of bowling, fishing, tennis, and golf. The study authors comment:

In addition to the exercise gaming modalities, the XaviX system includes a gaming mat (XaviX J-Mat) that allows participants to travel the streets of Hong Kong at a walk or a run, avoiding obstacles and stamping out ninjas.


The study was performed at the University of Hong Kong's Institute of Human Performance. Kids who played games while seated burned 39% more calories per minute than when they were at rest. During an active bowling game they burned 98% more calories and during an action/running game they burned 451% more. Of this, the researchers said:

This translates into a more than four-fold increase in energy expenditure for the XaviX J-Mat game. Preventing weight gain requires an energy adjustment of approximately 150 kilocalories [calories] per day. The four-fold increase in energy expenditure when playing on the XaviX J-Mat would fill the proposed energy gap, if this game were played for 35 minutes a day...

 

Our data demonstrate that the two active gaming formats result in meaningful increases in energy expenditure compared with the seated screen environment. The next step is to test whether active gaming interventions can provide sustainable increases in childhood physical activity.

 


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Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video ...

Thats more calories getting burned just watching TV, if they are playing any sports games i'm sure they play them in real life to any first person shooters and i'd bet they'd enjoy some paintball. This is like an electronic anabolic steroid for the kids to burn fat. Sorta.

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video ...

Thanks good job;

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

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Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

 

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

 So you burn more calories moving slightly then just sitting on your ass. Wow. Amazing.

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

I play video games to have fun, not exercise. I have a fairly physical job, I shouldn't have to be called lazy for wanting to relax with some video games. Of course I'm "sedentary" at that time, stop spinning that into a bad thing.

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

"Yes, this XaviX system will help kids lose weight." Where did they find this thing? Sounds more like an advertisement than a "study". Two words: Wii Fit.

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

All greet captain obvious

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

They successfully proved that moving around burns more calories than sitting.

Amazing :O

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

Well, given that you've probably got people that would insist that even active video games didn't do anything, and this proves that such games can actually get people burning calories; it's probably useful.

It certainly seems at a glance to fall on the side of rarely seen actual research into something. Which is usually good.

-Gray17

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Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

Course, it doesn't beat going outside and moving around, but I think this makes videogames more excercise than reading a book.

-I apologize-

-I apologize-

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

Wait a minute... now they noticed?

Re: Kids Burn 4X the Calories When Playing Active Video Games

Once again, ladies and gentlement. JT!

-Coughs and clears throat, again, to mimic the one's voice.-

Video games are starving our children, and over-works them. See how skinny they get? (???)

 

 

You heard the man. Long live fat USA.

 
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