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Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan;40(1):33-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.09.029.

Video game play, child diet, and physical activity behavior change a randomized clinical trial.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030-2600, USA. tbaranow@bcm.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Video games designed to promote behavior change are a promising venue to enable children to learn healthier behaviors.

PURPOSE:

Evaluate outcome from playing "Escape from Diab" (Diab) and "Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space" (Nano) video games on children's diet, physical activity, and adiposity.

DESIGN:

Two-group RCT; assessments occurred at baseline, immediately after Diab, immediately after Nano, and 2 months later. Data were collected in 2008-2009, and analyses were conducted in 2009-2010.

SETTING/PARTICIPANTS:

133 children aged 10-12 years, initially between 50th percentile and 95th percentile BMI.

INTERVENTION:

Treatment group played Diab and Nano in sequence. Control Group played diet and physical activity knowledge-based games on popular websites.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Servings of fruit, vegetable, and water; minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. At each point of assessment: 3 nonconsecutive days of 24-hour dietary recalls; 5 consecutive days of physical activity using accelerometers; and assessment of height, weight, waist circumference, and triceps skinfold.

RESULTS:

A repeated measures ANCOVA was conducted (analyzed in 2009-2010). Children playing these video games increased fruit and vegetable consumption by about 0.67 servings per day (p<0.018) but not water and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, or body composition.

CONCLUSIONS:

Playing Diab and Nano resulted in an increase in fruit and vegetable intake. Research is needed on the optimal design of video game components to maximize change.

PMID:
21146765
PMCID:
PMC3032382
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2010.09.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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