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Fran C. Blumberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199896646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199896646.001.0001

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Electronic Game Changers for the Obesity Crisis

Electronic Game Changers for the Obesity Crisis

Chapter:
(p.220) 15 Electronic Game Changers for the Obesity Crisis
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Learning by Playing
Author(s):

Sandra L. Calvert

Bradley J. Bond

Amanda E. Staiano

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199896646.003.0015

This chapter examines the negative and positive effects of electronic games in relation to the childhood obesity crisis. More specifically, it considers how time spent playing electronic games may contribute to energy balance. After describing the properties of electronic gaming that enhance young players' motivation and interests, the chapter turns to a discussion of obesity as a specific topic of concern for gaming. It then looks at theories that explain how game play can either disrupt or improve child and adolescent health, along with research that investigated how healthy messages in games can be transferred from the virtual world to the actual world, how electronic game play can result in energy expenditure and healthy eating, and how the skills learned during video game play may transfer to academic settings. Finally, it suggests directions for future research to further explore the role of electronic gaming on childhood obesity.

Keywords:   electronic games, childhood obesity, energy balance, motivation, child health, energy expenditure, video game skills, healthy eating

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