Mature Video Games Increase Fruit And Vegetable Intake In Children

Posted: May 9 2016, 8:43am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Mature Video Games Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Children
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Many of the mature video games may up the fruit and veggie intake of little children. These video games are thus not useless as is the commonly-held belief about them.

Very few kids in the United States meet the criteria of having adequate fruit and vegetable consumption per day. Everybody knows that fruits and veggies are the ideal food items for glowing health and they also help ward off a number of diseases.

The best thing would be to make them an essential part of your lifestyle. This way the kids would get the required quota of these nutrient-dense foods and also be free of chronic and degenerative diseases later on in life.

Many of the diseases of civilization include cardiovascular ailments, cancer and obesity not to mention diabetes. A serious video game (as opposed to the flippant kind) was shown to increase the intake of fruits and veggies in youngsters.

Termed Squires Quest! II: Saving the Kingdom of Fivealot, the video game sets up goals in steps that allow the kids who were in 4th and 5th grades to upgrade their fruit and vegetable intake.

These fruits and vegetables ought to be integrated into the daily meal plans of these little tykes. Over 400 kids participated in 10 episodes of the aforementioned video game.

They either complied with the instructions of the game or did not follow them at all. The participants were requested to note down whether they did or did not affirm the theoretical steps on a practical basis.

Also the parents were involved in the video game-cum-nutritional strategy. Various methods were also implemented by parents to ensure their offspring’s application of a healthy lifestyle.

In order to directly gauge the fruit and veggie intake of the kids, the researchers carried out 24 hour referrals. The kids were contacted via telephone regarding their food intake.

After a period of half a year, these kids were re-contacted. The results speak for themselves. The kids certainly increased their fruit and vegetable intake.

This counted for both breakfast and lunch as well as snack time meals. Over 79% of the little ones were able to reach their goals of healthy living. Such video games not only amuse but also seem to yield amazing results via the consumption of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

Yet there is still room for improvement in this field of transition to a predominantly plant-based diet for children rather than what is known as SAD (Standard American Diet).

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