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Jonathan Takiff Gizmo GuyUh-oh, there's a new study, just released by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, that undermines the allure of video games promoting physical activity.
Researcher Tom Baranowski has even given the media a damning quote, declaring that "there's no public-health benefit from having those active video games."
But the man had to come up with something strong to rationalize the research bucks that Baylor got from the National Cancer Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Research Service, for this flawed (to my perspective) study.
One set of 9-to-12-year-olds was given Nintendo Wii systems (to keep) and their choice of two (of five) games promoted for getting users off their butts and sweating - like "Wii Fit Plus" and "Dance, Dance Revolution." Another group was given the Wii and their choice of two (from five) game titles more likely to turn users into couch potatoes.