Study: Video game makes kids eat healthier

Video game makes kids eat healthier

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Turn off that video game and go play outside. If you're a parent you may have said that a few times in your day, but you may want to reconsider if your kids are playing Squires Quest! 2.

It's the online game researchers say makes your kids eat vegetables.

There are several studies that associate playing video games too much with childhood obesity, except for one released Monday morning.

It links playing the video game to kids eating more fruits and vegetables. The study was done by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.

The goal of the game is to become a knight and to do that you have to complete 10 missions involving fruits and vegetables.  Researchers
found accomplishing goals in the game translated to real life for fourth and fifth graders.

"The study was done over time and and the kids did one lesson at a time to learn about the benefits of vegetables. They reached different levels. Learn to
like them. Learn what is healthy versus what is not wealthy," Dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic of University Hospitals said.

Research shows very few Children in the U.S. meet daily recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables. When kids play Squires Quest 2 they see what good veggies do in the game and want to eat them at the dinner table.

Squires Quest! 2  is an academic game used in schools right now, but could be on the market place in the future. It's educational, but also entertains.

Researchers think that's why kids get hooked, go home and ask mom and dad for vegetables.

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