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JMIR Serious Games. 2014 Jul 16;2(2):e8. doi: 10.2196/games.3480.

What serious video games can offer child obesity prevention.

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USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States.


Childhood obesity is a worldwide issue, and effective methods encouraging children to adopt healthy diet and physical activity behaviors are needed. This viewpoint addresses the promise of serious video games, and why they may offer one method for helping children eat healthier and become more physically active. Lessons learned are provided, as well as examples gleaned from personal experiences.


children; formative research, qualitative research; obesity prevention; serious video games; teenagers

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