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Doctors use video games to fight childhood obesity

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BATON ROUGE - LSU student Ashley Breaud is are learning first hand how interactive video games can help with weight loss.

"We went from squats to running to squats to push up and we were up and down and had all different aspects," she says.

Dr. Amanda Staiano was part of a recent study designed to get kids off the couch, and playing what she calls exercise games.

"To play these games you're not just pressing a button on a remote control. You're actually having to move your arms move your legs in order to gain points and win. So that's what really makes these games different," said Dr. Staiano.

The study involved about 50 kids and lasted 20 weeks. Overall each child actually lost about five pounds.

"They were coming day after day and the games were getting harder and harder and more intense. And they were playing for longer," she explains. "And as a side note they happened to be burning calories and losing weight," says Dr. Staiano.

With the number of overweight children expanding Dr. Staiano says parental involvement is key. And encourages kids to play the exercise games, consistently to win the battle of the bulge.

"If your child really likes to play video games that's ok embrace it. But try to incorporate and active game," she says.

For more information on how you can participate in an upcoming Pennington childhood obesity study, using cell phones check out their website.


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